Taraji P. Henson Is Dedicated To Bringing Awareness To Mental Health

With mental health being one of the most important aspects of our well being, yet one of the least talked about, we are glad to see more celebrities speaking out and bringing more awareness to it. Taraji P. Henson is doing her part to release the stigma associated with mental health, especially in the African American community. On September 22, the actress will officially launch the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her father who suffered from mental health issues.

She stated “I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues. “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”
This raises the question of what role do celebrities have at ending the stigma associated with mental health, not just in the African American community, but in general. How much of a responsibility can we put on them, without pointing the finger at ourselves? I’m sure there are many of us with friends and family suffering from various mental health. How often do we check on them or offer assistance? Something for us all to think about.

If Michelle Williams Can Get Help With Her Depression Can I?

Written by Tianna Sheree Maxon

I am so very proud of singer Michelle Williams. The steps she has taken to let everyone know that she was dealing with depression is such a brave thing to me. I often wish more celebrities would use their platform to help raise awareness for people dealing with depression. There are so many of us dealing with similar feelings and not expressing it.  Michelle is showing women that it is ok to get help. She is showing she is dealing with similar situations no matter how much money she may have. Though I admire what Michelle did, I also understand that it may not be as easy for myself or others to take those same steps towards getting help.

Michelle is beautiful and very talented. She is a key member of one of the world’s biggest girl groups in the world. Let’s be real she had worked next to Beyoncé. One of the greatest entertainers in the world. Clearly Beyoncé sees greatness in her as well. Yet Michelle has been talked about since she joined the group. There is never a moment someone doesn’t state how Michelle was off beat, or the “poor Michelle” comments. With a career like hers, no one should ever feel bad for her. She is also engaged to the man of her dreams. Michelle shows that no matter how beautiful, talented, rich or in love you are, depression is real.  It truly takes knowing yourself and having people who know you around.

I have once thought about checking myself in a hospital and getting help. I’m sure many have thought about going to see therapist, or taking a long mental break when everything seems to hit at once. I think about how easy or hard it would be. One thing Michelle has is a strong bond with her family and friends. Though my family is around, I can honestly say that I’m not sure if they would be as supportive. I need them to be supportive now while I’m dealing and not when I deicide to check myself into a mental hospital. What would people think of me if I did check myself into a hospital? I think about who would pay my bills. Heck my bills may be adding to the depression lol. For real! Who is not stressed trying to make it in life. I can’t afford to take a break, or take some time to speak with someone.

Over all we have to understand ourselves and what we as individuals need. I have to understand that I am not famous and there may be a sigma place on me. Should I care? No, just get help the best way I can. Not caring who is with me, but also keep those who truly are. No one has time to be depressed. Everyone should have the chance to live a happy life and their best life. Thank you Michelle for starting a conversation and bring awareness. Get well soon!