Many celebrities donate time and money to charities that they believe in. But the NBA’s Ron Artest is going above and beyond to support a cause near and dear to him: mental health. All within the past year, he’s auctioned off his NBA Championship ring to “put more psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists in schools.” He publicly thanked his own therapist for playing a large role in his personal and athletic success. He’s appeared at benefits. And most recently, Artest has announced that he’s donating “either all or some” of the coming season’s salary (which totals $6.79 million) to mental health awareness organizations. Artest’s financial and personal support of counseling and therapy, especially for youth, is a fine example of putting a celebrity paycheck to good use.
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