‘I could go in there right now and end it all because I want it to be over.’” Says Taraji P. Hensen who thought of suicide twice during COVID-19 Lockdown. Full story inside.

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Hollywood superstar actress Taraji P. Hensen widely known for her character in Empire, What Women Want and many other movies, reveals that she thought of suicide twice and she has a gun in her safe.
In a recent interview with Dr LaShonda Green in a mini-episode of Peace of Mind with Taraji on Facebook Watch, Taraji discusses how the COVID lockdown affected her mind being the fact that she once had Mental struggle.

2020 Lockdown has been a tough year especially with people who have darkness history and they need all of us to let them know that suicide is not a solution. 

Speaking on the Show Taraji started by talking about her dark moment without excluding information about her newly purchased gun 
In her words: 

“So during this pandemic, it’s been hard on all of us and I had a moment. I had a dark moment. I was in a dark place. For a couple of days, I couldn’t get out of bed, I didn’t care. That’s not me. Then, I started having thoughts about ending it. It happened two nights in a row and I purchased a gun not too long ago, it’s in a safe, and I started like, ‘I could go in there right now and end it all because I want it to be over.’”

Oh no… And nothing could bring her out of the darkness:

“I thought about my son, he’s grown, he’ll get over it. I didn’t care. I felt myself withdrawing. People were calling me, I wasn’t responding, I didn’t care.”

It is heartbroken for me to see one of my favourite Empire stars went through this awful moment and I am glad she did not do it because she is the interview that it was a really bad moment for her. She thought of the suicide two nights in a roll then she thought she needs to say it out because she did not then it becomes a plan so she just blurted it out. And thank God she did.

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In her words:

“I felt like, if I don’t say it, it becomes a plan. What scared me is I did it two nights in a row. First, it was like, ‘I don’t wanna be here.’ Then I started thinking about going to get the gun and that’s why when I woke up the next morning, I blurted it out.”

According to Perez Hilton, Dr Green, for her amazing part, had such wonderful things to add. She talked to Taraji about mental breakdowns, and how it’s very unique to each individual. What might break one person down might not break someone else. She also added another important piece to the conversation — and that was about the pressure that African American women face. She told Taraji:

“That pressure in itself has created a lot of unrealistic expectations that are both self-imposed and imposed by others. But we also buy into it, because that’s the one thing we have.”

LaShanda also talked about being aware of our negative thoughts. We can recognize they do happen, and we will sometimes think bad things, but we have the power to realize we shouldn’t listen. The doctor stressed:

“You don’t have to believe every thought you have.”

The doctor also advised Taraji to take some time off for herself and stop working during the holiday.

Taraji who recently split with her fiance, Kelvin Heyden had (and has ) her friends as support. 

Here’s a link to the episode below if you want to hear the entire conversation:

Is the Pressure to Be a Strong Black Woman Too Much?

Taraji reveals her shocking mental collapse as Dr LaShonda Green breaks down mental breakdowns. Why do Black women, in particular, try to heal on their own, the toll that takes and tips to help.

Posted by Taraji P. Henson on Friday, December 18, 2020

If you are having any insidious thoughts please do not hesitate to call these numbers for help.

Nigerian Suicide Prevention Initiative Counselling Centre

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