Former AFL coach and premiership star Dani Laidley has opened up about how she almost took her own life and shared her struggles about going public with her transition.
Laidley said she vividly remembered the moment she attempted to take the drastic measure on April 5, 2020.
The 54-year-old had been wrestling with gender dysphoria for her entire life and tried to keep her true identity a secret from her loved ones and the general public.
Four weeks later that control was forcibly taken away from her when she was arrested and officers leaked a photo and mugshot showing Laidley dressed in women's clothes.
The unrelenting attention from the media and humiliating time in front of court brought her to a new low.
Former AFL coach and premiership star Dani Laidley has revealed she almost took her own life as she opens up on her struggles about going public with her transition
Laidley said she vividly remembered the moment she attempted to take the drastic measure on April 5, 2020
Laidley revealed it took a great deal of strength, self-discovery and a stint in the psychiatric unit to turn a corner and move away from suicide ideation.
'I'm bloody happy now that that wasn't the case because I want to live, I want to enjoy my life,' she told Herald Sun.
'I just want to keep being a better person, the best woman I can be, and be the best parent, partner, friend, colleague – all those things I probably wasn't before because of certain reasons.