Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  9 responses

Royce White to Open Mental Health Center in Houston

The Rockets traded second-year forward Royce White to the Philadelphia Sixers back in July, but White will continue to make his mark in Houston. He’s behind the opening of a mental health center in H-Town. Per the Houston Chronicle: “On Wednesday morning, White announced a partnership with his non-profit organization Anxious Mind’s Inc. and Bee Busy Wellness Center to create the Royce White Institute of Mental Health on the city’s southwest side. The Wellness Center, which is a 17,000-square foot facility that will also have dental and primary care, is located at 6640 W. Bellfort and will open in January 2014. ‘When I met Royce White a couple of years ago, I knew we would do something special like this,’ Bee Busy CEO Normal Mitchell said. ‘I think it will be a great thing for this community.’ White, who has been open about his own struggles with an anxiety disorder, said that he thinks every city should have a center where free mental healthcare is offered. He started the Anxious Mind’s Inc. group while in college at Iowa State, and this is the organization’s first partnership. He said he hopes to see it grow. White was drafted by the Rockets 16th overall in the 2012 draft. He never played for the team. He stopped attending practices after Nov. 10 because of a dispute over agreements he wanted in place related to his anxiety disorder and his assignments to the NBA Development League. With the developmental league team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, White averaged 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 16 games.”

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    I’m not only the President, I’m also a client!

  • anon

    whatever his mental probs, it’s impressive that he can build something like this on his rookie money. I mean, dude didn’t even sniff the bench last year and he’s building community centers? Nice work….unless this is some shady swindle by “business partners”. Hope not.

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    So this was the goal all along?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    key points to focus on,


    “White announced a partnership with his non-profit organization Anxious Mind’s Inc. and Bee Busy Wellness Center” = the money is coming from them. Not Royce White.

    ” will also have dental and primary care” = where the “non-profit” portion becomes irrelevant

  • SirGrey

    Has he not left Houston yet ?

  • Dave

    Why cant people be positive instead of always cynical and judgmental. Forget your opinions of the guy this will at least be slightly good for the community and at best really good.

  • JL

    Let’s just say he didn’t make many fans with his outbursts, outcries, and other things he did to blame other people without actually even doing anything. If he had even tried to go to games, practices, flights, and then said oh this isn’t working, people would actually be more supportive.

  • Josh Tanney

    Perhaps something else is keeping him from attending games,practices and flights then what you think his reason is.