Actress Taraji P. Henson is providing free virtual therapy for African Americans impacted by COVID-19.
Many Americans are experiencing heightened anxiety and depression in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak. Specifically African Americans are suffering, while also being one of the more vulnerable groups impacted by the pandemic.
“This campaign is for under-served communities experiencing life-changing events related to, or triggered by, the Covid-19 pandemic” Henson said.
Recent research suggests that coronavirus has impacted Black Americans in particular. Individuals living in underserved communities are dying at disproportionately higher rates in the United States. Because of this, African Americans are in need for vital mental health support.
“In the African American community, we’ve been taught to tough it out, hide our suffering, but this is something none of us have ever experienced, and no one should suffer in silence” Henson added.
In 2018 Henson founded the Boris Lawerence Henson, which the campaign will be operating within. The foundation was named after her late father who suffered with post traumatic stress disorder.
The “COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign” will work to ensure that “individuals with life-changing stressors and anxiety related to the coronavirus will have the cost for up to five (5) individual sessions defrayed on a first come, first serve basis until all funds are committed or exhausted” According to the campaign’s website.
Henson is asking for donations to help support her mission. To donate or register for the service, click here.
Virtual therapy services are set to begin on April 15th.