She went on to say, "We don't talk about mental health, we don't deal with it."
Expressing her wish to extend help to people and urging members of the Black Caucus to join her in spreading awareness on mental illness, she added, "I'm only one voice. I need help."
"If we can teach children about sex education and physical education, why not mental?" she asserted.
She named her organization in the name of her father, a Vietnam War veteran who suffered from both PTSD and maniac depression.
"I feel like I've really found my purpose," Henson added.
Talking about her father, Henson said, "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."
Henson's father died in 2005, just two years after her husband William Lamar Johnson was murdered in Washington D.C.
She recalled the time when she needed a therapist whom she could trust on and said, "It was like looking for a purple unicorn with a 24-carat-gold-horn. I say that jokingly, but it's serious."
"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," she added.
Although Henson now meets her therapist twice a week, she said, "I can call her at any time I'm having a moment and she's there. I was blessed enough to find someone I really gel with. She gets me."
Henson concluded by emphasizing on her point, "It's okay not to be okay. Just talk about it.
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