Podcast: Defying the Enemy Within – practical strategies to keep your mental health in check from Joe Williams

Podcast: Defying the Enemy Within – practical strategies to keep your mental health in check from Joe Williams

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Joe Williams, Known best as an Indigenous rugby player and professional boxer, spent many years tortured by a spitfire of negative thoughts in his head before trying to take his own life in 2012. In this candid and timely podcast, Joe spoke with Cheryl Akle about his history of drug abuse, how he was eventually diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and the powerful determination that allodefying-the-enemy-withinwed him to recover from a suicide attempt.

His new book Defying the Enemy Within is a memoir of survival, providing real-life guidance on how to improve your mental wellbeing. It is both Joe’s story and the steps he took to get well. In addition to sharing his experiences, Joe shares his wellness plan – the ordinary steps that helped him achieve the extraordinary.

Duration: 39 mins.

Podcast Guest: Joe Williams
Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Joe played in the National Rugby League (NRL) for many years before switching to professional boxing in 2009 and winning two welterweight championships despite suffering severe mental illness. Joe currently spends his time between Australia and the United States, travelling across both continents delivering workshops and talks to inspire people to think differently about their mental health.

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                      Publisher details

                      Defying the Enemy Within
                      Author
                      Joe Williams
                      Publisher
                      ABC Books
                      Genre
                      Biography and Memoir
                      Released
                      22 January, 2018

                      Synopsis

                      Former NRL player, world boxing title holder and proud Wiradjuri First Nations man Joe Williams was always plagued by negative dialogue in his head, and the pressures of elite sport took their toll. Joe eventually turned to drugs and alcohol to silence the dialogue, before attempting to take his own life in 2012. In the aftermath, determined to rebuild , Joe took up professional boxing and got clean.Defying the Enemy Within is both Joe's story and the steps he took to get well. Williams tells of his struggles with mental illness, later diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder, and the constant dialogue in his head telling him he worthless and should die. In addition to sharing his experiences, Joe shares his wellness plan - the ordinary steps that helped him achieve the extraordinary.About the AuthorJoe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Joe played in the National Rugby League (NRL) for many years before switching to professional boxing in 2009 and winning two welterweight championships despite suffering severe mental illness. Joe currently spends his time between Australia and the United States, travelling across both continents delivering workshops and talks to inspire people to think differently about their mental health.
                      Joe Williams
                      About the author

                      Joe Williams

                      Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Joe played in the National Rugby League (NRL) for many years before switching to professional boxing in 2009 and winning two welterweight championships despite suffering severe mental illness. Joe currently spends his time between Australia and the United States, travelling across both continents delivering workshops and talks to inspire people to think differently about their mental health.

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