Danny Frawley's Mental Health 'Deteriorated' Before Death, Says Wife Anita
Anita Frawley, wife of AFL champion Danny Frawley, has released an emotional statement about the mental health battles her husband faced.
Danny's mental health had "deteriorated" in the weeks leading up to his death, Anita said. However, she would not comment on the circumstance around the event as investigations continue.
Anita revealed that Danny stopped taking prescribed medication eight months ago, leaving him to feel "bullet proof" and as if he had beaten depression.
"At this point Danny felt invincible, like the true competitor and proud man that he was; he felt that he had beaten the disease," she said.
"In fact, he felt bullet proof, which contributed to his decision to remove himself from his support network including his psychiatric care and not continuing to work with his team of mental health professional."
Anita said she chose to speak out to help those with mental health conditions because Danny was a "champion of mental health", and would want her to continue his legacy.
"The reason I am making this public is that I want this to be a reminder to all those grappling with mental health conditions and to those whom have made progress with their well-being that you should always seek help from professionals when considering making decisions surrounding your mental health, even when you feel as though you have fully recovered," she said.
The ex-Saints captain, Richmond coach and prominent AFL commentator died last Monday in a car crash near Ballarat, the day after his 56th birthday.
Anita said there is one memory she and the couple's three daughters will cherish forever.
"A night spent sitting around our family table, playing board games and laughing on his 56th birthday. He will never be forgotten and will forever be in our hearts," she wrote.
St Kilda's Moorabbin headquarters will host Danny's memorial service this Wednesday.
The service will start at 3pm and the public will be able to watch a live stream of the private funeral at Moorabbin, followed by a lap of honour at 5pm.
Instead of flowers, Frawley's family has requested donations be sent to Beyond Blue.
Anita finishes her statement with a quote from Danny.
"Manning up in the past was to suffer in silence, manning up now is to put your hand up."
If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.