The Woodville West Torrens Football Club has joined forces with UnitingCare Wesley Bowden and the SA Mental Health Commission to promote community education about teenage mental health and wellbeing.
To highlight the importance of this issue WWTFC will dedicate their televised Round 10 home game on 9th June against the Adelaide Crows Reserves to raising awareness. This engaging and community focussed event aims to improve awareness of teenage mental health and wellbeing, to reduce stigma, especially for boys and to help teens and their families know when, where and how to seek help.
We would like to invite you to join us on Saturday June 9th at the Eagles Function Centre 12:00-2:30pm for a 2 course lunch including a drinks package, and listen to a panel of mental health expects and special guest, Joe Williams, before the Eagles take on Adelaide. Tickets are $55pp, and we would love for you to attend and bring any staff, clients, family and friends along for an empowering lunch here at the Eagles Football Club.
A bit about Joe Williams –
Joe is a Wiradjuri, 1st Nations man born in Cowra, and raised in Wagga, NSW. Having lived a 15 year span as a professional sports person, playing in the NRL for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional Boxing in 2009. As a boxer he is a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and also won the WBC Asia Continental Title.
Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe has battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, he felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental illness.
Now he travels the country and internationally, speaking about his personal mental health journey in various schools, corporate’s, community organisations and communities. In 2014 he created The Enemy Within, which is used to show a raw and honest side of Joe Williams, the boxer, former NRL Player, father & fiancé. Speaking about the depths of his private pain and the dealings with depression that drove him to the very brink. Through customised workshops and youth focused camps, he speaks of adversity, dealing with struggle, resilience, improving your attitude by 1%, positive energy & how small steps can lead to something greater.
Check out more of Joe – https://vimeo.com/106148474