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It was 2003 when Taraji P. Henson searched for a Black therapist for her young son. She couldn’t find one. She said it was like “looking for a unicorn.” Taraji decided to start the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, in honor of her late father who suffered from mental health issues after fighting in the Vietnam War. Taraji says Black therapists are needed in the Black community, “We’re walking around broken, wounded and hurt, and we don’t think it’s OK to talk about it. We don’t talk about it at home. It’s shunned. It’s something that makes you look weak. We’re told to pray it away. Everyone was always asking me, ‘Do you have a charity?’ Well, dammit, this is going to be my calling, because I’m sick of this. People are killing themselves. People are numbing out on drugs. Not everything is fixed with a pill. I suffer from depression. My anxiety is kicking up even more every day, and I’ve never really dealt with anxiety like that.” Taraji sees a therapist regularly.

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