It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

Taraji P. Henson

Destigmatizing mental health challenges for African Americans.

The shame and confusion surrounding mental health issues is well known to actress Taraji P. Henson, whose father struggled with mental illness after returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam. As individuals and communities face continued systemic injustice and mistreatment of people of color, Taraji’s work to destigmatize mental illness and provide culturally sensitive care to African Americans is of great service to us all.

About the Speaker

Taraji P. Henson is an award-winning actress, singer, author and philanthropist known for playing strong female characters, notably Loretha “Cookie” Lyon in the television drama Empire. Taraji is the co-founder of The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation named in honor of her father and committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African American community.