Behind the scenes of Artest's PSA for mental health

artest-psa-shoot.jpgThe county's Department of Mental Health released a public service announcement yesterday that stars the Lakers' Ron Artest urging people in need to seek help. The spot grew out of Artest thanking his "psychiatrist" (later revealed to be a psychologist) after the Lakers won the championship this year. Gary Foster, producer of "The Soloist," helped get the spot made. "Here’s one of the most unique celebrities in Los Angeles sports and he’s brave enough to talk about his personal life,” said Foster. “I think it’s going to have great therapeutic effect.” Video, backstory and more photos at ZevWeb.

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