‘Empire star Taraji P. Henson testified Friday in front of Congress about mental health issues affecting youth in the Black community. Henson explained in her testimony that society is set up in a way that many may be hiding different ailments and suffering in silence.
“I am here using my celebrity, using my voice, to put a face to this, because I also suffer from depression and anxiety,” she stated during her testimony. “If you’re a human living in today’s world, I don’t know how you’re not suffering in any way.”
The Congressional Black Caucus launched a task force on mental health issues affecting Black teenagers in April, with a specific focus on those teens who identify as LGBT. The specific worry comes from numbers that showed Black children committed suicide at twice the rate of White children and set out to find a cause that was stumping researchers.’
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