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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Defying the Enemy Within - Sept 13th BBay

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations man born in Cowra, NSW. He spent 15 years as a professional sports person, playing in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional Boxing in 2009.

Your Invitation

Date 13th September, 2022

Time 1 – 3pm

Venue Batemans Bay Soldiers Club

Joe has battled much of his life with suicidal ideation & Bi-Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, he felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental illness,

establishing his organisation The Enemy Within.

He authored his autobiography Defying The Enemy Within and received multiple awards including  Wagga Citizen of the Year 2015, for his work within the community, mental health, and suicide prevention sectors.

 In 2017, named finalist in the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards for his work with

suicide prevention and fighting for equality for Australia’s First Nations people.

 In 2018, he received Suicide Prevention Australia’s highest honour, a Life Award for his

dedication & work in community in the mental health and suicide prevention sector.

 More recently Joe was named a dual winner of the Australian Mental Health Prize in Nov 2019.

For information & registration details please contact Janice Ackland, Program Coordinator - 0416 298 349 or Hope House Office - 0431 722 886


NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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