Who is the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation?

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 by Taraji P. Henson and led by Executive Director, Tracie Jade Jenkins. The foundation is named in honor of Ms. Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered from mental health challenges as a result of his tour of duty in the Vietnam War.


What does the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation do?

We are committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African American community by encouraging those who suffer from this debilitating illness to get the help they need. Through our partnerships, the foundation will ensure cultural competence in caring for African Americans who struggle with mental illness by providing scholarships to African-American students who seek a career in the mental health field; offering free mental health services to adults; offering free mental health programs to young people in urban schools; and combat recidivism within the prison system.


Who does the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation serve?

We partner with other nonprofit organizations that offer programs that educate, celebrate, and make visible the positive impact of mental health wellness in the African American community.


Who is eligible to receive mental health and wellness services? 

All youth and adults, starting at age 12 regardless of their health insurance status. 


How do I enroll to seek treatment? Is there an application process?  

The registration link or details for the sponsored groups are listed on BLHF’s website. Those interested in registering must use the link to access the application.  You will be required to answer a few questions and select a provider in your state to provide services per a drop-down menu for your selection. The BLHF Program staff will connect you with the selected provider to begin your services. 


How many sessions will I receive? 

Each participant will receive five (5) individual sessions. 


What happens when I’ve completed my sessions and want to continue treatment? 

Participants can talk with their therapists about how to continue with paid sessions covered by insurance or through another arrangement. The specifics of this are up to the therapist and participant. 


How can I support the program without enrolling in treatment? 

If you’d like to support mental health and wellness in the Black community through the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, text NOSTIGMA to 707070


If I have additional questions, who can I reach out to?

Please send an email to the BLHF Mental Wellness Support Team with any questions or concerns.  They can be reached at MWSP@borislhensonfoundation.org.