Facebook Watch

Taraji Is Providing A Healing Outlet For Us All With Her New Mental Health Show

"I'm literally struggling myself."

Celebrity News

Mental health has been on Taraji P. Henson's emergency radar lately, as she has been using her platform to take the stigma head-on. She's taking a moment to live where mental health resides, and she is not even close to slowing down, as sis is on a mission to normalize the importance of unpacking our trauma and leaning into our true toxic-less selves.

And she's done so everywhere she goes.

After all, she had shifted her brand to educating the black community on learning to lean into their true selves, inspiring her to tackle mental illness advocacy off-screen. In 2018, she launched The Boris Lawrence Foundation, a mental health nonprofit in honor of her father, Vietnam War veteran Boris Lawrence Henson, who himself, suffered from his own mental health challenges.

But Henson wasn't done yet.

After splitting with fiance, Kelvin Hayden, Henson had a breakthrough. She told The Breakfast Club:

"I haven't said it yet, but it didn't work out. And I tried. I said therapy. Let's do the therapy thing. But if you're both not on the same page with that, then you feel like you're taking it on yourself. and that's not fair position for anybody to play in a relationship. You have to still stand up for yourself and be there for yourself. And that's hard to do if the other person isn't doing their part either. That's why relationships are so difficult. They're difficult."

So, the only thing left for Taraji to do, was to talk about it. 

Taraji loaded up her Emmys and grabbed entrepreneur, Tracie Jade Jenkins, and together, they decided to shine a bright light on mental health in a new Facebook Watch show, Peace of Mind with Taraji. The show airs new episodes every Monday and Wednesday, and will feature Henson and Jenkins interviewing celebrities such as Gabrielle Union, Mary J. Blige and Jay Pharaoh, licensed therapists, and everyday people, discussing a variety of wellness topics--meaning, sis took her anxiety and depression, and flipped it into a safe space for the culture.

Tamar Braxton was a recent guest on the show and, as most of us know, she was a perfect topic to divulge into due to her tough year (Braxton tried to commit suicide in July). Braxton opened up about her suicide attempt and began discussing what was going through her mind prior to the act, causing her to break down in tears.

It was then that Taraji said:

"Earlier this year Tamar's mental health struggles made headlines, but we wanted to offer her a safe space to tell HER side of the story."

She continued:

"I love that she felt safe enough to come here with us. Because anyone that comes here, they are safe. I'm not some celebrity that just slap my name on this talk show. I am literally struggling myself."

And this is the point of this show: to have the open dialogue, to start the conversation. Peace of Mind with Taraji will be another outlet for Henson to raise awareness and change the narrative around mental illness in the Black community. And Taraji is thrilled to step up to the plate.

"Therapy is important because you need and objective opinion. [Talking to] your friends ain't it, baby. It ain't it. Because guess what: your friends are traumatized too, and all they're doing is projecting their trauma onto you."

Whew, #wigadjust


Do you see a therapist to discuss your mental health?

Join us in the xoTribe Members Community today!

Feature image screenshot via Facebook Watch

We’ve all been there: Exhausted, lacking motivation, on edge, or simply not feeling like working at all. And we might have even used up all of our sick days, not to rest from a cold or injury, but just to get a bit of relief from those job or business responsibilities. Sometimes, you're not able to shake that nagging feeling of gloom, eventually finding yourself in a toxic pattern of unhealthy habits and behaviors. There's a larger issue that goes way beyond just needing a break.

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.

CultureCon is one of the top conferences for creative people of color to attend to meet fellow changemakers. The event, which is presented by the Creative Collective NYC, has attracted some of our favorite entertainers as keynote speakers such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Chloe x Halle, Michael B. Jordan, and many more.

Keep reading...Show less

There seems to be a big question mark over our heads when it comes to sex during pregnancy. When ironically enough, the same way the baby got in is the same way it’s going to get out (in a lot of ways). A wise person said that to me – I just can’t recall who, so consider this to be a shoutout to a real one because in all actuality it’s true.

Keep reading...Show less

Since her days as Freddie on A Different World, Cree Summer has captivated audiences with her free spirit, beauty, and style. Since starring in the beloved sitcom, the actress has been working behind the scenes voicing cartoon characters such as Susie Carmichael on Rugrats and Numbuh Five on Codename: Kids Next Door.

Keep reading...Show less

While Jay Ellis’ claim to fame is starring in Insecure as Lawrence, the 40-year-old actor racked up many acting credits prior to and after the iconic series. He starred in The Game and currently, he’s promoting his new film Top Gun: Maverick where he plays the character Payback. The role could be considered a full-circle moment for the actor since he was a military brat.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews
Latest Posts