Just after the AFL Draft. Australian Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced that the government would contribute $8.5 million toward a new meatal health facility to be named after the late Danny Frawley . The Victorian government has also committed $7.3 million and there will be other philanthropic contributions to the Danny Frawley Center for Health and Wellbeing which will be located at St Kilda’s home base of Moorabbin Reserve, near the club Danny loved. According to Frydenberg, before his tragic death from a car crash in 2019, Frawley had been working with the club to establish a facility to "... give the local community somewhere their physical and mental health could be front and center.” He also said the government investments would make Frawley's vision a reality. Construction will begin in early 2021. The facility will include classroom spaces, consultation suites and breakout areas in the Moorabbin Reserve’s grandstand and aquatic facility.
Frawley’s widow Anita welcomed the announcement, “We're thrilled to see everything Danny stood for being brought to life. To have a facility named in his honor that will help so many people means the world to us.” She opened up shortly after his death saying he had shown great improvement after years of counseling and psychiatric treatment for depression - he also suffered from stage two CTE - but stopped all treatments and medication because, as she said, he felt "bulletproof" and that he had recovered from his issues. She also said he went into a downward spiral after discontinuing all the treatments and removing himself from support networks. She continued, "... I am making this public ... to be a reminder to all those grappling with mental health conditions and to those whom have made progress with their wellbeing that you should always seek help ... when considering making decisions surrounding your mental health, even when you feel as though you have fully recovered,”
Frawley played 240 games for St Kilda, 177 of them as captain. He later coached Richmond before entering the media as a match commentator. A strong proponent for mental health, he co-hosted a program on SEN radio which took calls and tried to advise those with mental health issues and family members of those suffering.
Article last changed on Wednesday, January 06, 2021 - 5:58 PM EST