American actress and singer Taraji P. Henson arrives on the red carpet for the global celebration of the film "Hidden Figures" at the SVA Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 in New York. The film is based on the book of the same title, by Margot Lee Shetterly, and chronicles the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- African-American women working at NASA as “human computers,” who were critical to the success of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission in 1962. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Taraji P. Henson will be shedding light on mental health, a much-needed topic. The talk show has been approved for Facebook Watch and will be co-hosted with her longtime best friend, Tracie Jade Jenkins.

The original series, “Peace of Mind with Taraji”, is expected to go into production later in 2020. In the show, Taraji and Tracie will interview celebrities, experts, and everyday people about mental health issues, particularly those in the Black community.

“I’ve long been a mental health advocate for the Black community and created the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2018 that has provided resources to thousands of people who are struggling. I’m looking forward to bringing this new talk series to Facebook Watch, where I can continue to create conversation around an issue that is near and dear to my heart”, Taraji said in a statement.

Facebook hasn’t set a premiere date for “Peace of Mind with Taraji.” Each episode of the show will focus on a different mental health topic. The show is produced by 495 Productions the same company responsible for MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” and CMT’s “Party Down South”. Taraji, Tracie, 495 Productions founder/CEO SallyAnn Salsano, and Jennifer Ryan serve as executive producers, and Ebony McClain serves as a co-executive producer.

“The work Taraji has done in the mental health space is inspiring, and we’re thrilled to have her come to our platform to educate and entertain around this incredibly important topic,” said Mina Lefevre, Facebook Watch’s head of development and programing.

The show is part of Facebook’s broader initiative for World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), which includes new mental health features and resources. For example, it’s launching Emotional Health, a centralized resource center on the Facebook app with tips and information from experts, and new mental well-being guides on Instagram, including one created in collaboration with the Jed Foundation.

 

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