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Health Centers Key To Student Success
Mon, October 27, 2014

Written by Mark Ridley-Thomas

When former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) visited a local high school in my district, he brought more than 900 students to their feet, cheering and clapping at the sight of him. They were thrilled to be in his presence.  But as he began speaking, it became clear he was not there to talk about his fierce defensive plays or moves on the court.

He visited Washington Preparatory High School for a heart-to-heart talk with students about mental illness, and I was moved by his candor. He spoke of how he persevered through hardships such as including his parents' divorce. He talked about his childhood, his struggles with anger and most emphatically, about the importance of seeking help. Click here to read more.

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