05/16/2012 01:01 pm ET

Metta World Peace's Apology To The Community Comes In The Form Of Speaking Out To LA Youth About Life Struggles

Metta World Peace, the Laker formerly known as Ron Artest, is really trying to make amends by speaking out to kids in the LA community.

World Peace recently visited the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center in Westlake to talk to the students about his struggles with mental health issues and his success with therapeutic treatment.

"I had to get help because I wanted to continue having fun playing basketball," said World Peace in a video released by the LA County Department of Mental health. "I also wanted to change for my children," he continued.

He confessed to the students that his parent's divorce was the hardest thing he's had to overcome in his life. "That was very shocking," he said to the crowd.

"I believe support starts at home with the mother and father," he expressed. "I know not everybody is fortunate enough to grow up in a perfect household -- that is why you have teachers and counsellors," he continued.

Metta World Peace recently returned from his seven-game suspension for violently elbowing James Harden of the Oklahama City Thunder in the head.



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