Professional boxer and former NRL player Joe Williams will share his story of overcoming mental health battles in Moree on Thursday, as part of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.
Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Williams battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and bipolar disorder.
After a suicide attempt in 2012, Williams felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental illness and has since become a motivational speaker. He is also an author, having contributed to the book Transformation; Turning Tragedy Into Triumph and his very own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within.
Williams will present his Enemy Within Workshop during a number of sessions hosted by Moree Secondary College for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 9.
The first will be held in the MPC for Moree Secondary College students and staff, while the broader Moree community is invited to an open session at the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre that afternoon from 4.30pm to 6pm.
National Mental Health Awareness Day aims to raise awarenessabout the importance of children's mental health and show that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development.
For more information about the open community session, contact Janine French on 0417 272 173 or email Janine.French@det.nsw.gov.au.