Mental Health Series of Events



Last week Care Goondiwindi & Tie up the Black Dog joined forces to bring Goondiwindi part 1 of the ‘Goondiwindi Mental Health Series’ and welcomed former NRL super star Darius Boyd for a few days of inspiring presentations & to raise awareness around Mental Health issues.

Through funding received from TRACC – Tackling Reginal Adversity Through Connected Communities, Care Goondiwindi (Care) & Tie up the Black Dog (TUBD) were able to plan a 3-part Mental Health Series & bring Darius to our community as guest speaker number one.

Darius Boyd’s journey in the NRL is without a doubt remarkable. He fulfilled his childhood dream of playing for the Brisbane Broncos, winning a premiership with the club at just 18 years old. Boyd later became Broncos captain 11 years later and won the 2010 NRL Grand Final with the Dragons. His extensive career includes 28 State of Origin appearances for Queensland and 23 Test matches for Australia.

Darius, who emerged from a troubled background, used football as an escape from reality. However, he soon realised that he needed to confront his own mental health issues and turned his back on football to focus on his well-being. Boyd checked into a mental health facility with the aim of getting his life back on track. Boyd recently released his book, ‘Battling the Blues,’ which depicts his honest and inspiring journey as an NRL champion fighting to conquer his demons and live a better life.

During his visit here Darius spoke at an evening presentation at the Goondiwindi Cinema & Theatre. Attendees had the opportunity to hear Boyd’s brave story. He was honest & open about his past & struggles with his mental health.

Boyd also participated in football training sessions & a BBQ with players from the U6’s-U16 and open grades. He took the time to chat with the Goondiwindi Boars about mental health, emphasising the importance of seeking help and breaking down stigmas surrounding mental health.

Boyd then visited St Mary’s School and his presentation to the students was truly impactful. His messages on resilience & wellbeing were paramount. 

The Goondiwindi community has been blessed to have Darius Boyd share his journey and inspire others to prioritise their mental well-being.

Care & TUBD’s ‘Goondiwindi Mental Health Series’ aims to bring awareness and support to mental health in the community. Upcoming events include visits from Samuel Johnson and Aaron Williams in October 2023 for their “Life Stuff” talks and a special guest for International Women’s Day in March 2024.