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Taraji P. Henson wants to normalise mental health

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

Taraji P. Henson, who has started her NGO for the welfare of mentally ill people, revealed that she too has sought treatment for in her life.

During the launch of the NGO, The Boris Lawrence Foundation, said that she wants to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health, reports

The "Empire" holds the cause close to her heart. Her son, Marcell, struggles with issues after his father was murdered in 2003. Henson's father, Boris Lawrence (after whom she named her foundation), also battled challenges after serving overseas.

She said: ""My dad fought in The Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily."

The 48-year-old also pointed out the need for the cause to have a famous face attached.

"The misconception about celebrities is that we have it all together and we're perfect, and we're not. Our kids aren't perfect, we're suffering and struggling just like the regular person and money doesn't help."

Henson hopes being open with her struggles will help normalise mental health.

She said: "I'm here to tell you that when they tell 'cut' and the cameras go away, I go home to real problems just like everybody else."



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First Published: Mon, September 24 2018. 12:04 IST