Taraji P. Henson is opening up about her mental health struggles, starts nonprofit

Taraji P. Henson is getting real about her battle with mental health. 

During the launch of her new nonprofit aimed at combating the stigma around mental health in the African-American community, Henson revealed Saturday that she too has sought treatment. 

“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,” she said during her Boutique of Hope launch event, according to Variety.  

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

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