As part of Stars’ focus on wellbeing, motivational speaker Joe Williams from The Enemy Within was invited to visit our Nhulunbuy Stars to talk about suicide prevention and mental health.
Joe is a Wiradjuri man from New South Wales who played NRL for the South Sydney Rabbitohs before moving onto professional boxing. Despite his successful sporting career, Joe told the girls that he has battled with suicidal ideation and Bi-Polar Disorder for most of his life.
He delivered a passionate and honest reflection on his own mental illness, addiction and substance abuse, and stressed the vital importance of remaining strongly connected to culture and identity.
Our Stars displayed a great deal of respect by listening attentively, and honestly sharing their own stories and self-reflections as part of the workshop.
The discussion left our young women with a lot of food for thought and reminded them of the importance of caring for each other and nurturing their own and each other’s wellbeing.