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Not only has the Coronavirus taken a toll on African Americans financially but it has also taken a toll on their mental health as well. In an effort to help raise money to cover the cost of mental health, and the cost of mental health being delivered by licensed professionals, Taraji P. Henson and her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation has kicked off the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy campaign. The campaign will assist families who have been affected by the coronavirus. 

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, BLFHF executive director Tracie Jade Jenkins says one of the foundation’s main goals is to help clients who may not have access to a therapist who looks like them

“It’s our priority to provide care to those in need, who do not have accessibility or the ability to afford culturally competent therapists. We also need to remove the stigma around mental illness. It’s okay not to be okay.” 

According to its website, The BLFHF mission is to provide support and bring awareness to mental health issues that plague the African American community.

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The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation was founded in 2018 by Taraji P. Henson the foundation is named in honor of Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered from mental health challenges after being on active duty in the Vietnam War.