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Royce White helps open mental health center in Houston

Aug 29, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

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Royce White has been clear from the start that he wanted to help change the perception of people battling mental illness. He was the No. 16 pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 draft but the potential point forward (he had those kinds of skills coming out of college) has never played a second in the NBA.

White battles a generalized anxiety disorder, which includes a fear of flying and is eased by a steady and predictable routine. Those are two things that don’t really mesh with the NBA lifestyle and how to handle it led to a lot of tension between White and the Rockets. He was traded to the 76ers this offseason where he may be seen as more of an expiring contract.

White still wants to make a difference and he may have found a way to do that — helping open a wellness center in Houston, something reported at the Houston Chronicle’s Rockets blog.

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…

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.

That’s a good cause, and good on White for using his name to help get this open. It has the potential to do a lot of good.

Helping people in that way would mean a lot more than an NBA career.

  1. 2016olympics - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Way to go Royce! Keep up the good work and don’t listen to the haters, they’ll never get it.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Starting his second career already!

    In all seriousness, he is helping people and doing more than I am currently so kudos. Way to use the money you made to play a game to help those in need.

  3. bishopbengals - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    It’s 100 percent the Rockets fault but I can’t believe this guy got more money than I’ll make in my lifetime by doing absolutely nothing. However, it’s good that he’s using some of his money and time to do good things.

  4. timb12 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    If this is why he was scamming money from the Rockets, then it was a job well done. I hope everyone knows what I mean by scamming.

  5. thomaskouns - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Royce is very adept at PR as seen by his tweets and HBO Real Sports where (after he said he was petrified of driving) drove effortlessly down the road while taking to a camera and ‘not looking’ at the road.

    I have a lot of empathy for people with mental issues but the reality is that all he had to do to get playing time last year was see the Rockets Psyciatrist from the University of Houston – he choose not to. The Rockets used a first round pick on him and had every incentive to see him play.

    I have an odd feeling White will suddenly start doing what he needs to do to play once his guaranteed contract expires.

    • shanelsweet - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      “The Rockets used a first round pick on him and had every incentive to see him play”. Haha Ha. Stop drinking management’s kool-aid. The Rockets just dumped players they drafted so they could sign DH. They knew when they drafted Royce that he couldn’t play for them because of the amount of travel required. It was all part of their plan. Royce didn’t ask the Rockets to draft him. Now, he’s going to get a chance with some East Coast team to show if he’s NBA ready. Maybe not Philly, but some team will give him a shot because on the East Coast he can play 60+ games without flying too much. That’s more games than a lot of players are expected to play this year.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        White’s refusal to address his mental illness is his own fault, not the Rockets.

        The Rockets offered to work with him, but he uses his illness as an excuse to try to force others to bend to him. The Rockets were not going to bend.

        No team would draft a player knowing going into it they wouldn’t get 82 games out of him (not referring to injury). They’re not going to sink several million dollars for nothing.

        Good for White for using some of his money for a good cause. Hopefully this center can help the mentally ill in Houston receive the treatment they need.

    • abchome - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      I have an odd feeling White will suddenly start doing what he needs to do to play once his guaranteed contract expires.

      Will find out soon. The coming season is the 2nd and final guaranteed year of his rookie contract. The 3rd and 4th year are team option.

  6. dysraw1 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Royce is a good kid, with a bad break. heres hoping he over comes the disability that keeps him from showing the world what a gifted an talented player he is

  7. sffan75 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Good for him. It’s always nice to see someone give back to the community, especially because it’s a subject that obviously has a lot of meaning to White. However, I really hope there aren’t any patients with OCD at Anxious Mind’s. That apostrophe would really haunt them.

  8. jcrileyesq - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    any guess who patient #1 should be?

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