Taraji P. Henson Speaks On Fighting Mental Health Issues: ‘It’s Okay Not to Be Okay’

Taraji P. Henson started the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her late father, surrounding mental health care in the African-American community.

The actress visited Capitol Hill to discuss her mission.

via People:

“The suicide rate has taken off,” the Empire star tells PEOPLE. “It amazes me that 5-year-olds are contemplating suicide. That’s a word you shouldn’t even understand at five years old.”

Henson adds, “We don’t talk about mental health, we don’t deal with it. For generations, we’ve been told it’s a weakness, to pray our problems away – and that’s just not gonna cut it.”

On Friday, the actress urged members of the Black Caucus to join her in talking about mental illness – and getting people the help they need. “I’m only one voice. I need help,” she tells PEOPLE, adding that she wants mental healthcare to be taught in schools.

“If we can teach children about sex education and physical education, why not mental?” she says. “That’s where we start attacking this issue: with the children.”

Henson argues that if mental healthcare becomes a part of the school curriculum, then parents will be forced to talk about mental health care with their kids. “You’ve got to help me with my homework,” she says.

Henson continues to speak out about her own struggles with anxiety and depression. “I feel like I’ve really found my purpose,” says the star, who named her organization to honor her father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered from both PTSD and manic depression. “It’s hard,” she says. “But he knew it and he was able to get the help that he needed.”

And Henson tries to focus on the positive memories of her dad. “Why focus on the negative? He’s not here. It wasn’t all bad with my dad. He had his moments. But when you’re dealing with mental illness, that’s what you’re gonna have. But most of the memories were good,” she says. “I miss him. He needs to see me now.”

Her father died in 2005, just two years after her son’s father, William Lamar Johnson, “was murdered, brutally, here in Washington, D.C.,” she recalls. “It was time for us to get help.”

Following that difficult time in her life, Henson says, finding a therapist she could trust was hard. “It was like looking for a purple unicorn with a 24-carat-gold-horn. I say that jokingly, but it’s serious,” she shares. “The reason why we don’t have many psychiatrists of color, or psychologists of color, or therapists of color, is because we don’t talk about it at home.”

Now, she talks to her therapist twice a week. In person, if she’s in town and if not, she chooses to Skype or Facetime.

“I can call her at any time I’m having a moment and she’s there,” Henson says. “I was blessed enough to find someone I really gel with. She gets me.”

The mother of one and her fiancé Kelvin Hayden sometimes meet with her therapist together. “I want people to know it’s okay,” she says. “I don’t know what human is not suffering from some sort of anxiety or depression.”

But Henson adds that she’s still grieving her father. “It’s not something you just get over. You learn to deal with it,” says the actress, who still worries about her son.

“As a parent, I’m constantly scared,” she says. “I live in constant fear of my son getting pulled over by the cops. That is very real for every black parent. That’s anxiety.”

By Friday evening, Henson’s voice was already hoarse as she gave interviews to reporters at the Newseum, and posed for pictures with partygoers while hosting a benefit dinner to kick off a weekend conference discussing mental health issues in the African American community, called, “Can We Talk?”

Right On Taraji for doing the work.

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Taraji P. Henson Is ENGAGED : ‘I Said Yes Y’all!’

Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden are engaged to be married. Get all the tea on the engagement and see her ring!

Taraji P. Henson had the best Mother’s Day ever!

The “Empire” actress’ boo, Kelvin Hayden copped them matching Cartier braclets, then he popped the question and put a ring on it!

Taraji shared the exciting news via Instagram first thing Monday morning writing, “I said yes y’all!!!”

Then, she offered the details of the proposal

The 47-year-old award-winning actress and the 34-year-old former NFL star went public with their relationship in December, but have been quietly dating for quite a while.

GLOW Girl GLOW!

Red Carpet Arrivals : Black Girls Rock

Yes, Dress! Michelle Mitchenor DIDNT come to play! Wearing a custom citron silk taffeta coat dress by Carlos Antoine

Come Thru Haircut! Taraji P Henson wore a blue David Koma London FW17 RTW dress

Sis Issa Rae was a vision in a Leilou By Alex FW17 RTW gown.

My Boo Sza eccentricly in Philippple Ininternational FW17 RTW

Anika Noni Rose Looks So Beautiful!
In a floral Dennis Basso dress and Alexis Bittar Jewelry.


Auntie Maxine Waters Looks Wonderful!

Keyshia Koair made it Black Girls Rock
wearing an $11,445 Zuhair Murad Official nude embellished gown

This chillle cam sanggggg! Ledisi
hit up the award show in a Herve Leger dress.

Vegas’ Own Rutina Wesley Is Black Girl Magic!

Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino of St. Beauty drippin golden melanin on the red carpet!

Lovie Simone Looking Beautiful! In @pacorabanne SS17 RTW

Go Head Elle Varner

Taraji P. Henson joins MAC Cosmetics for ‘Taraji x MAC’ Line

MAC x Taraji P. Henson? Thats all we need cause you know these products about to SLAY. Taraji out here WERKIN!

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The cosmetics brand is teaming up with the ‘Empire’ actress for a new collaboration that we can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

“Taraji P. Henson has won the world over with her fearless performances, powerhouse confidence and charismatic spark. We’re thrilled to announce she is joining forces with MAC for an upcoming collaboration,” reads the press release from MAC announcing the partnership.

The collection launches next month and will include six products. An obvious highlight is a lip shade called ‘Strip Me Down,’ which is described as a ‘deep tone beige’ and has a matte finish. It’ll retail for $17.

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MAC x Taraji Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash in Black, $23, available in September. Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

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MAC x Taraji Mineralize Skinfinish in Highlight The Truth, $33, available in September. Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

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MAC x Taraji Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Taraji Glow, $33, available in September. Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

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MAC x Taraji Rapidblack eyeliner, $21, available in September. Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

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MAC x Taraji Brush 187, $42, available in September. Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Clearly , Taraji P. Henson is out WINNING.

Oh No! Taraji P. Henson caught wearing what…..

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Makeup Artist uses racist makeup brand on Taraji P. Henson.

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I think i was a huge misunderstanding. Glad she responded because she didn’t have too 😉😉😉😉

Weekend Winter Style Inspirations

Listen, it’s COLD here in Vegas but not as COLD as NY (Thank Gawd). Some days aren’t as cold as others but it’s still COLD. If you live somewhere that typically dips below 50 degrees regularly for a season, this is nothing new to you. It’s supposed to be cold where you are. You might even be tempted to let your good fashion sense fall to the wayside. And I totally would understand.

BUT why when you can be cute, stylish, AND warm? I’ve done winter outfit ideas and weekend outfit ideas  on the blog in the past and not sure why I neverhave but planning on it (every weekend…..i hope).

This week’s weekend winter outfit idea is an example of some of the things I love to do with clothing. I like to put together pieces that seem expected because once you put them together it’s like perfect harmony.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day 🏆🏆

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2015 Primetime Emmy Awards: Red Carpet

The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards celebration is currently happening at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and television’s brightest stars have gathered on the red carpet to give fans a fashion show they won’t be able to forget.

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