Metta World Peace is UCLA’s Third #DepressionHero

May 15, 2017
About Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace is a professional basketball player on the Los Angeles Lakers. He was selected to the 2005-06 NBA’s All-Defensive Team, and was voted by the media as 2003-04 NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. Metta won his first NBA Championship with the LA Lakers in June 2010.  When being interviewed on live television at the time of the win, Metta thanked his therapist — the comment went viral as he showed vulnerability during a high-profile event.  Metta has since served as a mental health advocate.  In April 2011, he received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award – the NBA’s highest citizenship and community service honor.

Why He’s A #DepressionHero

UCLA recognizes Metta for being publicly vulnerable about his mental health – sharing the help he has received and encouraging others to get similar help.

“…There’s people that need help and I can’t reach them privately. So I thought the best way to do it is publicly and they can take it for what they want and hopefully it could help people.”

– Metta World Peace

ESPN 8/6/2015

Learn More About Metta World Peace’s Experience

You are invited to join us on Facebook on May 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm for a live conversation and Q&A with #DepressionHero Metta World Peace and UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Executive Committee team member and psychology professor, Michelle Craske. To read more about Metta World Peace you may wish to view his Twitter page.

About the #DepressionHero Campaign

UCLA is engaging in a number of activities in commemoration of World Health Day and mental health month. One of these activities is a social media campaign to publicly recognize a number of individuals who our campus has identified as a #DepressionHero. We view these individuals as having been instrumental in increasing and/or changing the public or local community conversation about depression. Learn more.