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Metta world Peace to speak at social work gala

He will discuss his early mental health struggles

OW Staff Writer | 6/21/2013, 1:32 p.m.

Professional basketball player Metta World Peace will speak at the 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health gala dinner about his personal struggles with mental health issues during childhood and how psychiatric counseling has helped him cope with life.

The Los Angeles Laker (born Ronald William Artest Jr.) is an advocate for mental health awareness and regularly works with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to promote mental health outreach programs and services. He is currently part of a campaign called “Talk It Out,” which is on display at Metropolitan Transportation Authority shelters, depots, buses and trains.

World Peace also founded Xcel University, a charity dedicated to supporting mental health awareness.

The gala will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Town & Gown, USC, 665 Exposition Blvd. The program begins at 9 p.m.

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