Taraji said: ‘You can talk to your friends, but you need a professional who can give you exercises. So that when you’re on the ledge, you have things to say to yourself that will get you off that ledge and past your weakest moments.’
The actress added: ‘People are killing themselves. People are numbing out on drugs. Not everything is fixed with a pill.’
Just recently, the mother-of-one opened The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which she launched in her father’s name after he suffered from mental health problems following his time fighting in the Vietnam war.
The charity provides scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health, offer mental health services to youth in urban schools and work to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women.
Taraji previously said looking for a black psychiatrist to help her son was like ‘looking for a unicorn’ because it’s a taboo subject in African-American community.
‘We don’t talk about it in our community; it’s taboo, it’s looked upon as a weakness or we’re demonized for expressing rage for traumas we’ve been through.
‘I have a lot of white friends and that’s what got me going. They say, “You don’t talk to anybody? Girl, I’m going to see my shrink every Thursday at 3 o’clock.”
‘So I was like why don’t we do that in our community?’
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