Following a brilliant sporting career Darius Boyd has become a vocal ambassador for mental health issues and an advocate of support for men’s health, using his platform to educate, inspire and raise awareness around the topic.
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Testimonials for Darius Boyd
Darius made a great contribution during an alignment session in preparation for a major Turnaround and Inspection event at Lytton Refinery, providing great insight into his mental health journey, what it takes to talk about mental health issues and how to take the initial steps towards recovery. The entire team was engaged throughout the session and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to hear Darius’ experience firsthand. We are looking forward to having Darius again to share his insight during future events.
“Darius Boyd did it all in rugby league. With a career like his, he should be a household name. He’s not and that’s because Darius has always undersold himself. But that doesn’t worry him. Darius Boyd has never settled for anything less than his best. He’s authentic. He’s committed. That’s what makes him. He’s definitely one of a kind.”
Wayne Bennett, Record 7x premiership-winning coach
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Darius Boyd's Biography
Darius Boyd is a former Australian professional rugby league footballer who played at the highest level for 15 years. He played fullback, wing, centre and five-eighth for the Brisbane Broncos, and has played for Australia at international level, and State of Origin for Queensland. Darius captained the Brisbane Broncos from 2017 to 2019.
In 2010 he won the Clive Churchill Medal for his performance in the grand final against the Roosters. Retiring at the end of 2020 with the Broncos, his legacy as one of the top performers of his generation is well solidified.
With 28 State of Origins for Queensland and 23 Tests for Australia under his belt, it's no wonder Boyd has won nearly every honour the sport can award across his 15 seasons at the top level!
Off the field, Boyd stands as a true advocate for mental health, using his platform to share his journey through depression and anxiety with an aim of revealing how to live and deal with mental illness.
Emerging from a troubled background himself, Boyd has dealt with issues of an unknown father, the tragic loss of loved ones and a mother that dealt with mental illness herself. Using football as an escape from reality, Boyd came to a realisation that he needed to begin trying to combat his own issues of mental health and turned his back on football, checking into a mental health facility with aim of getting his life back on track.
Boyd has since gone on to become a vocal ambassador for mental health issues and an advocate of support for men’s health, using his platform to educate, inspire and raise awareness around the topic.
He has also recently released the book 'Battling The Blues', depicting the honest and inspiring life of an NRL champion and his fight to conquer his demons and live a better life.
As a speaker, he reflects on excerpts from his private journal which reflects his journey from the darkest parts of his illness to the amazing life he lives today, providing a heartfelt message he now takes across the NRL and into boardrooms, schools and footy clubs in a quest to keep our young men alive.
Midway through his career after a number of years of mental struggle, he made the brave decision to check into a Mental health facility to help improve his life.
Darius has since been working on himself and promoting proactive mental well-being within the corporate and community spaces. He is currently studying a diploma in counselling and a Cert IV in Elite Athlete well-being.
In 2022 Darius participated in and was a winner in SAS Australia.
Speaking Topics Include
The I in Team - Positive Wellbeing
Battling The Blues