Taraji P. Henson Reveals How Her Mother Made Her a 'Fighter' in 'Peace of Mind' First Look

Peace of Mind with Taraji will premiere on Monday, Dec. 14 on Facebook Watch

Taraji P. Henson wants to help you get your mind right just in time for the holidays.

Henson's new mental health talk show, Peace of Mind With Taraji, is set to premiere on Facebook Watch December 14 — and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the inaugural episode.

In the clip, Henson opens up about watching her mother, Bernice Gordon, get robbed on two separate occasions and discusses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

"The first time I was six," she says. "She was held at gunpoint. I'm 50, I remember like it was yesterday."

Henson says her mom maintained her composure during the incident to help keep her children from panicking, which instinctively taught the actress how to "fight."

"Watching her go through that, because she didn't crumble, what she didn't realize was that she was putting fight into me," she explains. "It made me a fighter."

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"That's just how it affected me," she says. "Not saying I wasn't traumatized."

On Peace of Mind, Henson co-hosts alongside her longtime friend Tracie Jade Jenkins, and together the two discuss mental health issues — particularly those in the Black community — with celebrities, experts and everyday people. Each episode will focus on a different mental health topic.

Upcoming guests include Gabrielle Union, who will also speak on PTSD; Tamar Braxton, who will share her experience with the damaging pressure of being a strong Black woman; Mary J. Blige will open up about the feelings of isolation and despair during the holidays; and Jay Pharoah will join the show to discuss police brutality.

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Celebrity guests will appear on Monday, and then Henson and Jenkins will sit down with licensed professionals and experts on Wednesday to dive deeper into the previous guest's conversations to offer helpful techniques and tools.

"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," Henson previously said in a statement about the show. "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."

Peace of Mind with Taraji will premiere on Monday, Dec. 14 on Facebook Watch, with new episodes dropping every Monday and Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET.

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