After winning the 2010 NBA Championship, then-Lakers forward Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) gave his psychiatrist a shout out in his post game interview with Doris Burke. World Peace thanked "everybody in my hood," "my doctor" and "my psychiatrist."

"Thank you so much," he said. "There's so much commotion going in the playoffs. She helped me relax."

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Mental health isn't a topic that's discussed much in the NBA. The stigma is that people who see psychiatrists have something wrong with them, or are crazy. But that's not reality. Everyone is dealing with their own sets of problems, and NBA players are no different.

Take new Lakers center Roy Hibbert for example. Hibbert opened up to ESPN about his state of mind during his years with the Pacers. He actually credited World Peace for being so public about seeing someone.

"I felt that when he did that, it kind of opened the doors to make it somewhat OK," Hibbert said. "I think it was great that he actually did that."

Hibbert revealed to ESPN he first visited a psychologist when he boarded at Georgetown Prep and has been continuing the practice. He met with mental health counselors and a team performance psychologist in Indiana to help him deal with being a high profile NBA athlete.

He added he doesn't have a mental health condition or diagnosis, but he believes in mental exercises. He uses an app called "Headspace," to help him with this. "You count your

breaths," he said. "You focus on certain things. Even if the mind wanders, that's OK. You just bring it back to that space where you feel positive."

Hibbert said he uses mental exercises during the singing of the national anthem before tipoff. He even uses a technique called a "mind palace," which he got from the BBC series "Sherlock."

He also learned he's not the only one seeking help.

The new Lakers center found out other "elite" NBA players have hired full-time sports psychologists, so Hibbert hired one on a part-time basis. While the news that other players are seeking help is encouraging, Hibbert realizes the stigma regarding mental health still remains.

"I mean, I don't know if we'll ever get to that point because people just think you're mentally weak," Hibbert said. "And when I'm secure about using it and talking about it, I feel like I'll be OK, but I'm not sure we'll get to that point ... I'm not sure when we'll get there."

Following Hibbert's discussion of mental health, ESPN spoke with World Peace about his 2010 comments, along with Hibbert's. World Peace said Hibbert thanking him for being public about his psychiatrist was "cool."

"The reason I did that publicly was because I said, I can't reach anybody privately," World Peace said about his 2010 Finals postgame interview. "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. Because I needed that help, and I got the help."

World Peace is also aware, like Hibbert, that discussion about mental health will continue to be taboo for the time being.

"I think we have a long ways to go," he said. "We try to let people know that this is an issue that should be discussed in the household, in the schools, amongst friends. There's things that they're going through that can make you a better person, that can help you connect better with people and with your environment. And also to just understand yourself. People don't understand themselves. And once you understand yourself, it's like, 'wow, I can do so many great things.'"