On Friday, Taraji P. Henson held the inaugural “Can We Talk?” Benefit Dinner for her foundation in Washington D.C., a continuation of her work towards building mental health awareness in the African American community.
Taraji P. Henson has been very vocal about her efforts to help people with mental illness got very emotional speaking to Congress speaking about her foundation. Read on…
CelebNHealth247.com reports that a passionate Taraji P. Henson got emotional while speaking in front of Congress on mental health for her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in memory of her father.
Taraji P. Henson testified before Congress on Friday about the need for mental health counselors and education, especially in the black community, in wake of a rise in suicides of young people.
She posted this report on her Instagram account which reads as follows:
The Empire star, who has an adult son, also talked about her own battle with depression and anxiety, which she has been open about, as she spoke before the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. “I really don’t know how to fix this problem, I just know that the suicide rate is rising,” she said. “I just know that ages of the children that are committing suicide are getting younger and younger.” A study published in JAMA Pediatrics earlier this year showed that between 2007 and 2015, annual ER visits relating to suicide by people aged 5 to 18 rose from 2.2 percent to 3.5 percent, and from 580,000 to 1.2 million.
Henson said “it breaks my heart to know that 5-year-old children are contemplating life and death”
She is very passionate about helping people who suffer mental illness, adding:
It breaks my heart to know that 5-year-old children are contemplating life and death. I just…I’m sorry. That one is tough for me. So I’m here to appeal to you, because this is a national crisis. When I hear of kids going into bathrooms, cutting themselves, you’re supposed to feel safe in school.
The Empire star adds:
I’m here using my celebrity, using my voice, to put a face to this because I also suffer from depression and anxiety. And if you’re a human living in today’s world, I don’t know how you’re not suffering in any way, I mean if you turn on the news, that’s PTSD right there. We need each other. This is me reaching across the table, trying to lend a helping hand in the best way I can. We have to save the children.
Celebs like Erykah Badu and Marlon Wayons commented in support of Taraji saying:
Love you @tarajiphenson ! Thank you for your attention to a matter we know affects us all whether we speak about it or not. We love you.