‘When was the last time you cried?’ It’s a question you won’t find many men asking, and even fewer answering – even in today’s relatively open and accepting Australian society.
In an attempt to encourage more open conversations and normalise the idea of talking about mental health, ‘The Last Time I Cried’ – a collaboration between AIA Vitality and AFL Media – features nine of the AFL’s biggest names as they join host Hamish McLachlan to reflect on their lowest moments.
Because not even Australia’s strongest, toughest and fastest sporting icons can outrun mental health issues.
The miniseries features real people with real experiences breaking down the barriers and expectations that come with being a professional athlete.
Proudly vulnerable, guests such as Trent Cotchin, Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Boyd, Alex Johnson and Gilbert McAdam talk openly about their personal journey, aiming to address the stigma often associated with men sharing their emotions.
The first episode premiers May 11 on AFL.com.au and AIA Vitality channels, with Campbell Brown. The Hawthorn premiership player talks openly about love, family and the heartbreaking loss of his mother in an emotional tribute, discussing the importance of allowing yourself to be vulnerable in times of grief.
“These stories show that even the toughest of footballers have real emotions and that no-one is without incident,” said host Hamish McLachlan
“Our guests have shown true strength through vulnerability and we hope that the more we share our stories, the more people understand its ok to be emotional or seek help with how they are feeling.”
AIA Australia and New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer, Damien Mu, is proud to partner with the AFL to bring this mini-series to life. “Our modern lifestyle and the stress of our current environment affects the mental health and wellbeing of everyone,” he said. “So through this partnership we want help people know they are not alone in how they may be feeling and inspire them to share their feelings and stories with others to give hope to all.”
“The AFL shares similar passions and values to ours, around family, community, mental and physical health and wellbeing – so it made sense to collaborate and raise awareness within the footy community to look after themselves, and each other, especially at this time” Mu said.