Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson

Demonizing mental illness is not healthy: Taraji P. Henson

ANI | Updated: Sep 24, 2018 11:06 IST

Washington D.C [USA], Sep 24 (ANI): Hollywood actress Taraji P. Henson says that she wants to eradicate the stigma against mental health.
Speaking about mental health, Taraji said, "Are you ashamed of a broken ankle? Are you ashamed of having to get a root canal?" She added that demonizing mental illness is not healthy.
Talking about post-traumatic stress disorder, Taraji said that it can be triggered just by powering on the television, doesn't matter if you're black, white, Asian, reported E Online.
"The What Men Want" actress also emphasised the importance of having an open dialogue about mental health. Talking about her own struggles, Taraji said that she is not perfect and just because she is a celebrity and has money, doesn't mean that there are no problems and issues.
"I have struggled for a long time, both being public and not public about my mental health issues or my mental illness. But, I truly believe that secrets keep you sick," she said.
Lately, many celebrities have come out openly discuss this less-talked-about issue. Earlier this month, reminding us that even a member of the British royal family is, after all, a human, Prince William, spoke about his mental health struggles.
In August, Noah Cyrus opened up about her struggle with depression and how it influenced her music.
Mental health has become a major concern today. While this is more of an internal struggle, it becomes relatable if a celebrity talks about their experience or battle with the mental disorder.
Back home, Deepika Padukone has been candid about her struggles with anxiety and depression and is actively working for the cause. (ANI)