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Ron Artest to talk to children about mental health (yes, we're serious)

Sep 2, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

Thumbnail image for rartest_postgame.jpgRon Artest, mental health spokesman.

It’s true. From our friends at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune comes the news that Artest has teamed with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano to raise awareness of mental health and mental health programs for youth. He’ll be speaking at a school in Montebello (a suburban area of Los Angeles).

As always when a politician is involved, there is a political motive. Napolitano is the sponsor of the Mental Health Act in Schools of 2009 bill (HR 2531, if you feel the need to look it up) which is designed to provide wider mental health programs for schools and youth. The bill is currently in committee.

We can all jump on the “Artest and mental health?” jokes if we want, but really this is a pretty good fit. Artest is a pretty good example of how psychiatry can help people — remember Artest thanked his psychiatrist in his post-championship press conference. And with all the pressure in that game, he may have been the best player on the court for most of it, dealing with the pressure well.

Artest is a lot of things, but he is also very self-aware. Far more than most NBA players, it seems. He knows who he is. He can be immature at times, but he is now far more mature than he was even five years ago. And he accepts who he is.

And Artest is just flat out honest. With himself, with others. Children can relate to that. So if anyone can talk to kids about screwing up and figuring it out later, it’s Artest.

Still, another story we did not expect to see today.

  1. Randall - Sep 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    My respect for him has risen immeasurably. More high-profile types need to be doing this-God knows there’s enough of them with issues.

  2. frankzappa - Sep 2, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    are you all nuts? lets just jump right on the “drug our children” bandwagon…they are trying to drug these kids to make them subservient to the agenda and psychologically screwed up for life…anybody who thinks kids should have drugs forced upon them should be locked up for being insane…here, try actually educating yourselves…
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-ronald-ricker-and-dr-venus-nicolino/the-prescribing-of-psycho_b_665838.html

  3. LBC Phil - Sep 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    @ frankzappa, being treated for a mental health issue does not always mean drug treatment. There are non medical work arounds like regular exercise, dietary restrictions and behavior thearapy. Artest is a wierdo, but he hs getting better and did’t crack under the pressure of the NBA finals like I was sure he would.
    Dealing with any condition is easier once you know its there. Good for Artest, a good (but wierd) story none the less

  4. frankzappa - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    thats all fine and good, but we are not talking about exercise and diet here, we are talking about a coordinated political war on children’s minds, in order to prevent them growing up questioning why they live in a fascist fourth reich police state…the bill being supported is about drugging kids with the pharmaceutical nightmare concoctions that these nefarious cororations have had their mad scientists cook up (after inventing diseases that need treatment)…do the research…maybe also check out the book Psychiatrists: The Men Behind Hitler…and please remind me again why every school shooting in memory was committed by a drugged kid?

  5. Dario - Sep 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    hey his going to my school

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