Danny Frawley spoke frankly about the darkest periods of his fight with depression, just a few months before he died in a tragic car accident.
The AFL world has been shocked by the death of Frawley in a car accident after his ute Monday landed against a tree near Ballarat in Victoria.
Frawley, who had begun in recent years about his battles with depression and constant mental demons, had psychologist Peter Zarris in his weekly SEN radio program Nobody can ever walk alone 10 months ago.
The couple had a frank discussion in the air about suicide in one of the latest episodes of his men's health program, titled Don & # 39; t Suffer In Silence.
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Danny Frawley, pictured with his wife Anita (second right) and three daughters died in an accident with one vehicle on Monday
Frawley was killed when his car hit a tree 20 miles east of Ballarat on Monday afternoon
Frawley admitted that he used excessive exercise and alcohol to hide his depression from others.
He experienced dramatic changes in mood and behavior and a desire for isolation.
& # 39; Guys would text me & # 39; and, say they would come by, because they knew that I fought a little. I would live around them sms & # 39; and & # 39; & # 39; and I would actually pull down the shutters on the blinds, & Frawley revealed last November.
& # 39; For some reason, I didn't feel worthy enough. & # 39;
He also revealed that his wife Anita was desperately fighting to save him from his mental demons and urged him to seek medical help.
Frawley (right) had psychologist Peter Zarris (left) in his radio program for men's health last year
Frawley agreed when Mr. Zarris said that those in the dark depths of depression lose their sense of self and forget what is important.
& # 39; It was everything that people thought of me, that was what drove me, & # 39; said Frawley.
& # 39; I remember going to functions and not having conversations with people – not sure if I was walking around like a peacock – but it was what people thought about me.
& # 39; End of day, it was what I thought about myself. & # 39;
St Kilda legend Danny Frawley is survived by wife Anita and three daughters
A coroner investigates the death of Frawley, that was booked to see a psychiatrist in Melbourne about his continuing mental problems in the afternoon he died, according to The age.
The day before he planned to celebrate his 56th birthday with family, but he was not present.
Mr. Zarris described the death of Frawley as a tragedy.
& # 39; The irony is that what Danny wanted to achieve with the program shone a light on the mental health issue and he did it bravely, fearlessly, and I think it is important that we recognize that & # 39 ;, he said The Australian.
& # 39; It is just so sad that it seems that it is necessary (his death) for it to happen. & # 39;
St Kilda continued with its best and fairest prizes on Wednesday evening, where an outpouring of tears and tributes flowed for one of the longest lying captains.
St Kilda legends Stewart Loewe and Robert Harvey embrace each other after giving emotional speeches about their deceased teammate during the annual award ceremony of the club on Wednesday
Former teammates Stewart Loewe and Robert Harvey fought tears back on stage when they gave heartbreaking speeches in honor of their wonderful partner.
"He was a husband, a father, he was a brother, he was a friend to many, and he was one of my best friends, and he will always be my hero," Loewe told the crowd.
He admitted that he did not immediately agree when Matt Finnis, the chief executive of Saints, asked if he would give a speech about Frawley at the awards.
& # 39; I was stunned, I was in shock, I struggled like all of us over what had just happened and tried to understand, & # 39; Loewe said.
& # 39; But after an hour or so alone I started thinking, what would Spud want? What would he do? The answer was pretty clear.
& # 39; Put on your suit, put up your sleeves, and get the job done. That's just who he was. & # 39;
He finished his four-minute speech with a plea for those present.
& # 39; Use tonight as the beginning instead of the end. And don't forget that I know we will all do that, that the great man will always watch over us, rest in peace, I love you. & # 39;
The AFL legend last appeared on Saturday in the Fox Footy program Bounce (photo), just two days before his death
Frawley is depicted on his farm in an image he posted on Twitter before his tragic death
Harvey said that reunions with his old teammates will never be the same without the presence of Frawley.
& # 39; When the old crew comes together … and we drink beer, tell stories about the past. It has just changed forever, & Harvey said.
& # 39; It is a loss that cannot be understood. It is a loss that cannot be real, forever in our hearts, I love your mate. & # 39;
There was also a lot of laughter when former teammates Nathan Burke and Michael Roberts shared their favorite memories of their captain.
Burke recalled how Frawley hit Tony Shaw in the chest during the coin throw for a semi-final in 1992.
Danny Frawley was nicknamed Spud because he grew up on a potato farm in Victoria
Danny Frawley of the Saints is chaired from the ground up after his last match in 1995
He had previously told his teammates to ignore Shaw, who was then known for his constant sledding on the field.
& # 39; As usual, the gums crackled and Danny lost, it took about a second and a half, & # 39; said Burke.
& # 39; He came back and said: & # 39; you know what I said before, forget that, I want you to get the s ** t out of this crowd & # 39 ;. We did that and we won. & # 39;
Frawley was the former St. Kilda captain and coach of Richmond who built a successful career after playing in the media, successfully combining smart observations with his light-hearted personality.
He played 240 games for St Kilda between 1984 and 1995 and was the longest captain of the club until Nick Riewoldt drowned his record in 2014.
Danny Frawley leaves behind his wife Anita and three daughters Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle
He coached Richmond from 2000 to 2004 and led the Tigers to a preliminary final in 2001.
Frawley continued to comment on the AFL for Triple M, Fox Sports, SEN and the Nine Network – and worked part-time as a defense coach with his beloved saints.
A & # 39; moment of silence & # 39; will be held to remind Frawley before the AFL finals are played this weekend in Melbourne and Brisbane.
A highlight role will also be shown on the big screen at both games, while players from all four competing clubs – Geelong, West Coast, Brisbane and GWS – wear black bracelets as a tribute.
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& # 39; I am so proud of this man & # 39 ;: the moving post of Danielle Frawley
& # 39; Today marks a proud day between a father and daughter & # 39 ;, the now 23-year-old wrote in the removal post.
& # 39; I am so proud of this man because he talked about his journey with depression hoping to help others.
& # 39; You have taken apart male stereotypes to show men and women that it is great to be vulnerable, it is great to seek help, and it is great not to feel good.
& # 39; You have demonstrated that depression does not discriminate. & # 39;
& # 39; Nobody should ever go over what you have, so please, if you find something wrong with your loved ones, talk it out and support them. So much love. & # 39;
Danny Frawley & # 39; s daughter Danielle said she was proud of her father for talking about his depression in this Instagram post in 2017
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