Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra and raised in Wagga Wagga. Joe played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional boxing in 2009. As a boxer, Joe was a two-time WBF World junior welterweight champion and also won the WBC Asia Continental Title. However, Joe’s experience with severe mental illness and addiction inspired him to become a mental health advocate and, in 2017, he was named a finalist in the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards for his work in suicide prevention and mental health and for fighting for equality for Australia’s First Nations people. Joe spends his time between Australia and the United States, delivering workshops and talks to inspire people to think differently about their mental health.