Royce White to Open Mental Health Center in Houston

by August 29, 2013
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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.”