Addressing Stigma Around Help-Seeking for Men and Boys: Rebound with Courage

Des Moines, IA US
July 11, 2019


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“Mental health is the biggest social issue we face,” according to Royce White.

Quote from an article by David MacKay, appearing in Rocketswire, December 2018.

Royce White was drafted by the NBA following a brilliant basketball career at Iowa State University. Even though he was forthcoming with his pre-existing diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), his NBA career was cut short because the league did not have a policy relating to players’ mental health. 

Royce White responded forcefully, through advocacy and education, to advance understanding of mental health matters. We are pleased to welcome Royce White to share his experience and wisdom. 


Royce White is an humanitarian, author, creator, entrepreneur and professional athlete. He is currently the founder and CEO of Vitruvian, Inc. A science, technology and engineering company. White says Vitruvian’s initial focus is healthcare, food and water. Current projects include Anxious Minds, Inc. and Vardas Solutions, Inc. The goal of these two subsidiaries is advancing mental health care access and efficiency. White is also the founder of WING, Inc. A media and electronics company. It’s subsidiaries include The Last Renaissance & Just Another Talk Show.

Royce White was born in the Twin Cities, MN. He was an All-American athlete in both high school and college basketball before being drafted 16th overall in the 2012 NBA draft. Ahead of being drafted he spoke openly about being diagnosed with anxiety disorder or (GAD) as a teenager.

After being drafted, White publicly voiced concerns about the NBA having no concrete mental health policy. He advocated for a mental health reform within the NBA, all sports and the greater society. Since then he has not been on an NBA roster, even though he was likened to players such as Charles Barkley and LeBron James. Despite his absence from the NBA, it is clear that his advocacy has caused movement in the way the league is handling mental health. Recently NBA spokesperson Kathy Behrens stated that the NBA has great respect for White sharing his struggles and says that the league has a “growing understanding of the importance of the mental health subject.”

In May 2018, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) hired its first mental health director. Dr. William D. Parham credited White, amongst other players, as having been instrumental in moving the needle forward.

White says the need for sensible conversation and scientific problem solving is more paramount than any other time in known human history. White believes the human psychology must be the anchor of social progression.

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Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Hotel Accommodations

There are numerous hotels available in the Des Moines area. Below are a few options located downtown (close to campus), near the airport and west of Des Moines. Some hotels offer shuttle service to DMU, but you must inquire with the hotel directly. Some hotels may offer a discount (based on availability). Mention DMU to your hotel to see if a discount may be available.

Des Moines Marriott – Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • May offer discounted rates
  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • Health club and indoor pool

Hyatt Place Des Moines
418 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-282-5555 or 888-591-1234

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Des Moines University
  • Complimentary Hot American & Continental Breakfast
  • Fitness Center & Indoor Pool
  • DMU Discounted Rate (mention Des Moines University Corporate Rate)

Renaissance Savery Hotel – Downtown
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • DMU discount on standard rooms (based on availability)


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