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Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  31 responses

Ron Artest to Help Combat Mental Health Problems

T-shirts weren’t the only good thing to come out of Ron-Ron’s openness about dealing with mental issues; he’ll also be working to help kids dealing with them as well. From the OC Reigster: “Next week, Lakers forward Ron Artest and Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano will join forces to combat mental health [problems] and promote the Mental Health in Schools Act. Seriously. The two will head to Eastmont Intermediate School in Montebello next Thursday and talk to the students about the stigma of mental illness and encourage them to seek assistance. They hope to raise awareness and call for the passage of federal legislation HR 2531, which would establish mental health programs across the country.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    This has to be a practical joke, right?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I guess Lindsey Lohan will be a D.A.R.E spokesperson now as well.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    This is a good cause. I’m glad to see Ron go out into the community and address issues that are close to him. He has always been a great community activist but all his detractors refuse to focus on it. Hopefully HR 2531 will pass.

  • tavoris

    Ron is a good guy…gotta luv him

  • abaci

    Ron is a good guy ? correct me if im wrong but didn’t he get a a domestic violence charge against his wife when he was with the kings ?

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Bringing awareness and tolerance to mental health issues is a good thing. I will still hate your team but props to you, Ron-Ron

  • Ryan D

    Why are you making fun of Ron Artest? This is probably the best way someone can deal with the issues that he has. The guy is making an effort to turn his life around and is reaching out to kids who have similar circumstances as himself. Would you rather he turn himself into the next Denis Rodman?

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Awesome. Could make a lot of jokes here but the reality is mental health is tragic and usually much more difficult to diagnose and manage than physical health issues. He may be able to really help some youth because of his troubled past.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    ^what I mean is that he may be able to relate to a troubled and angry young man in a way that most of the doctor’s and therapists can’t.

  • Javy

    No wonder my wife said she had an event to attend on Thursday!!

  • Javy

    Forget my wife, women in general need to skip the mall and drive to Montebello just to say hello!!!!

  • Anon E Mouse

    Dirty Frank knows. Well said.

  • http://Slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Down Eboy, stop front’n sucka. Kap difference between That ho cake u mentioned n’ Ron Ron,(beyond talent) is that he’s worked to get his head right. WORKED. And actually paid a price. That would give him some room to speak. How many guys in the L have fallen as low as the Tru Warrior, only to scratch, and claw thier way up to the very top? The fact is he is prolly one of the only guys that could relate to kids dealing with such a serious problem.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    So you’re saying Ron is a matured, sane member of society? Wow.

  • http://Slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Lesbihonest, were not talking about Starbury.

  • http://Slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    So your saying he’s not? And when did u become the next Doodie Howser? E’ take off them Miami scarlet colored goggles for a minute, and answer honestly. Was Ron a problem for the Laker locker room? Did he not accept his role on the team, and come up big for the Lakers in the playoffs and finals? After the finals he thanked his shrink, and linked his growth and maturation to his treatment. If you wanna downplay it or make fun of it, so be it. Not exactly a new look for you, but you can’t argue with the facts. The man has rehabilitated his life and career.

  • Frostbite

    Agreed, Negetivekreep. Ron oviously isn’t the most sane player in the league, but he’s made long strides from the person he used to be and at the very least, he’s trying. Don’t knock a guy for that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    One season of normalcy doesn’t make up for 12 others that had none of that. Stop it.

  • JTaylor21

    Ohh EBoy with the right hook to Negativekreep’s saggy jaw. You just got Archie Bonkered.

  • http://Slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    E: I’m not trying to paint Ron out to be Beaver cleaver, or Tim Duncan or “normal”. I’m saying, if u were a young, frustrated youth, wieghed down with “bps” or some other serious mental condition, who would you rather listen to, someone who can relate, but has something positive to show… or Grant Hill? If the jury on Ron is still out in your mind, I can dig that. Clearly, there has been a pattern of troubled behavior in his career. I was worried about team chemistry when LA replaced Ariza…not because of Rons game, but his head. But I can’t front I have to give Ron his due, he came into a presssure cooker, the triangle, Kobe & Phils behemoth egos, the LA nightlife/media, less control than ever/ his most limited role, and anything less than a championship was a total failure. That would be a tall order for anyone, but were talking about Ron Artest! And the fact is that with professional help he rose up. If I’m impressed, sue me.

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  • CONEY ISLANDER

    He’s a very misunderstood person.

  • tavoris

    Ron was pretty even-keeled in Houston too. Sure he had a domestic issue in Sac, but that’s old hat for professional athletes (ask Jason Kidd, Dwayne Wade, Michael Jordan, or Magic Johnson). Every reporter, exec, fan, or player that spends time with Artest ADORES the dude. The fact that he manned up, dealt with his problems, and is using his platform to help others is commendable. If you think it’s funny, then u might be the one with the elevator stuck near the top floor.

  • nastierthanu

    As a mental health professional in the inner city, I applaud this effort. Its not just the kids that haven’t been diagnosed or suffering from the stigma associated with mental health issue its the parents who aren’t very high functioning and have no idea what to do with their children. Many of these parents believe that gettin loud and whippings are the way these negative behavior and outbursts at school should be addressed. They have no idea that the consequences they are giving their children are creating more damage than they are solving. many of my kids are suffering from ptsd. this is a grat cause and hopefully ron can be remebered for something other than the malice in the palace

  • xplore

    ron is doing the right thing but nobody likes him. just cause he won a title with a good team around him doesnt mean he could do whatever he wants, he should go to the real champion CELTICS and play as a Bench.

  • xplore

    Ron is not a good guy. He fought with his teammate kobe in other games and he isn’t that good. All he did was score 20 points
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  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The thing is, Ron Artest is not even that bad (I’m completely ignoring any off-court/off-basketball-related issues here)… Far from a Dennis Rodman type of craziness. Pretty much all of his notoriety came when he beat up some Pistons fans that were throwing sh!t at him. But come on–they were throwing sh!t at him. My opinion, at least.

  • James aka…

    I remember reading an article about him that said he was remarkably candid on almost any issue that he spoke about. That itself is something worth treating, and I think he should work on that in addition to whatever else he seeks help for. As for being a spokesperson for mental health though, I have no problem with him doing that and congratulate him for it. If he can convince people from walks of life that are underserved by the mental health profession, that woiuld be a huge win. As someone who sees a psychiatrist and takes medication I certainly have no problem with him trying to seek help for others. Getting it treated doesn’t always work, but when it does the benefits are hard to deny.

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    Eboy, how can you act like that? You’re dislike for him or his team is no excuse. He’s doing a noble thing here. One season of normalcy (not to mention a RING) doesn’t have to make up for his past troubles. What it comes down to is his transformation to a role model after all his tribulations. You don’t have to like the guy, but I can see why most everybody is applauding his effort. Put down the jealously juice and just admit people you don’t like can still do big things. Props to Ron Ron for bringing attention to this issue. When a guy like this turns his life around, it’s hard not to respect his determination and will to do the right thing for himself and his community.

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