Danny Frawley

Travels from: Victoria

Passionate about breaking down the stigma of mental health

Categories: Leadership, MCs & Hosts, Mindfulness & Mindset, Sports Heroes

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Danny Frawley is a much loved and respected member of the footy community. His determination and hard-working mentality that he brings to his career can be credited to his upbringing, where he worked on his family’s potato farm from a young age in the country town of Bungaree.

He had an amazing football career, having played 240 games with St Kida, and captained the team from 1987-1995. He represented his state 12 times and went on to coach Richmond to a prelim in 2001, truly credible achievements.

Danny’s football career and family life are to be admired, however, in 2017 he revealed that his life was not what it seemed, and that he struggled with his mental health and had reached a breaking point in his life. His breakdown was the catalyst for his journey to better his wellbeing and to use his profile and story to encourage others to take responsibility for their health.

At one point, Danny would have been embarrassed to talk about his mental health, but no longer. He now knows depression is a mental illness, not a weakness, and hopes the stigma around mental health issues can be removed. He is also a true believer that physical health and lifestyle has an impact on mental health.

Danny speaks passionately about the importance of mental health, and he aims to break down the stigma associated with mental health by presenting an open and captivating summary of his lived experiences, increase understanding of men’s physical health issues, and encourage everyone, but in particular men, to take their physical and mental health seriously.

Danny talks about having a balance, being able to ‘hit the pause button’ and being mindful. He explores the strategies he used which helped him grow, including setting daily goals, taking time out for himself, exercising and constant self-assessment. Danny’s presentation is a great way for corporate companies to not only show their support employees but also to assist in creating environments to open the conversation about physical and mental health and remind men to prioritise their health. His advice to others struggling with similar problems is to be honest and talk about it with loved ones instead of hiding it and living a lie.

Danny also spreads his message though his podcast "No Man Should Ever Walk Alone”. His show focuses on mental health, addiction and lifestyle, bringing in experts to join in the conversation, which can be listened to online and on 1116 SEN. 

In 2018, Danny, alongside Hamish McLachlan, won Best Documentary at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards for their documentary around Danny's experiences within the AFL and struggles with mental health. 

Danny Frawley - Mindfulness & Mindset

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