Dani Laidley reveals she tried to take her own life as AFL great struggled with ...

Dani Laidley reveals she tried to take her own life as AFL great struggled with ...
Dani Laidley reveals she tried to take her own life as AFL great struggled with ...
Footy legend Dani Laidley opens up about the emotional rollercoaster of transitioning which saw her try to take her own life just weeks before her secret was shared with the world thanks to an appalling mugshot leak Dani Laidley revealed she attempted to take her own life on April 5, 2020 Laidley was struggling with a life of gender dysphoria when she made decision One month later photographs of her were leaked by officers to the public  Contact Lifeline 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 for support

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

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 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. 

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