The Enemy Within with Joe Williams

Joe is a proud Wiradjuri, 1st Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW, Australia. Joe played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching Joe to professional Boxing in 2009. Joe is a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and recently won the WBC Asia Continental Title. 

Wagga Wagga Citizen of the Year in 2015 for his work within the community, mental health and suicide prevention sectors, Joe is also a published author, contributing to the book; 'Transformation; Turning Tragedy To Triumph". Recently Joe has also been involved in filming of the worldwide documentary, "Suicide the Ripple Effect" from director and fellow advocate, Kevin Hines.

 Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, Joe felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental illness. Joe is also an author having contributed to the book Transformation; Turning Tragedy Into Triumph & his very own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within - available in the shop section of this site.

In 2017 Joe was named as finalist in the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards for his work with suicide prevention and fighting for equality for Australia’s First Nations people and in 2018 Joe was conferred the highest honour of Australia's most eminent Suicide Prevention organisation, Suicide Prevention Australia's LiFE Award for his outstanding work in communities across Australia.

Time: 1hr Workshop – tailored per group. 
(Longer workshops can be organised)

Cost: Depending on size of group, location. 
(Travel costs will be quoted separately)

For more information, or to book a workshop, please email

WELLNESS with Joe Williams


"Thank you Joe, for having the courage to speak so openly about your journey and of your recovery. Your heartfelt story of optimism and resilience was moving and inspirational. The Rugby League community at St Marys were engaged for the entire presentation! Thank you again for your generous gift of words, spirit and belief"

Adam Przybyla
Saint Marys Rugby League Club Manager

 “Joe Williams attended The Bidgee School and delivered his ‘Enemy Within’ Workshop to our students ranging in age from 10 through to 17. His positive and inspiring message of hope in the face of adversity fully engaged all of our students who listened intently and asked questions meaningful to their own lives and situations. The conversation around destigmatising mental health issues continues to this day. I would strongly recommend Joe as an inspiring speaker offering hope to all young people, particularly those with mental health issue”

Marianne Mitchell Principal, 
The Bidgee School

"He is a champion on the world level, of the brain & the mind"  
Tony Buzan - International author and inventor of mind maps
“Joe Williams is a compassionate, giving and talented man. He speaks passionately about the prevention of suicide in an honest and powerful way. His story is one that must be heard. Joe has an innate ability to reach a wide range of audiences, from students, law enforcement, military, equally so to physicians, clinicians, conference attendees and the corporate sector. His strength and will to live through the struggle in recovery is inspiring to us all. Learning from Joe's story telling gift is nothing short of palpable"
Kevin Hines - Author, Film Maker, International Advocate
"Joe Williams is the real deal, an honest and down to earth inspiration. His story may appear to be one of struggle; but really it is one of triumph. He also tells it in a way everyone can relate to"
Tim Sharp - The Happiness Institute