In 2004, LA Lakers Ron Artest was in the soup. He had run up into the stands and raised hell with fans.
Today, as POLITICO's Natasha Lennard reports, he's back on the top of his game.
And Artest publicly thanks his psychotherapist for that comeback. Between that 2004 meltdown and now, he's had plenty of mental-health treatment. That's why he was in Washington D.C. on a panel hosted by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. He championed the Mental Health in Schools Act.
According to that Act, as now it stands, it would set up a competitive grant program which would allow school districts to hire mental health professionals. Perhaps Artest is wondering how his life, including his career, might have gone more smoothly had he received treatment when he was much younger.
This Act could reduce bullying, violence, and suicide among the youth. Also, they might be more realistic about what it takes to earn a living in this volatile economy.