Merv Keane address at GV AGM
Published at: 28 Nov 2018
Former Richmond champion and Essendon’s Senior Recruiting Manager Mervyn (Merv) Keane spoke about mental health among healthcare workers at this year’s Annual General Meeting.
Merv has had recent experience related to his family regarding this important topic and will share his journey at the event to be held at the University of Melbourne on Tuesday November 27, 2018.
Merv’s daughter, Emily, a gynaecologist at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, died from alcoholism on September 2, 2017.
Almost a month later, his wife Kaye took her own life.
The three-time premiership star played 238 games for Richmond and has spent nearly 50 years involved in some capacity with the Australian Football League in a variety of roles.
Merv recently retired from the football industry to focus on the wellbeing of junior doctors. He said he wanted to share his story in the hope of helping others.
“My next aim in my journey of life is to make a difference in the career and wellbeing of young doctors,” he said.
“I want to discuss their welfare as well as the pressures they would likely face in life.”
Merv said there was still a stigma around depression and there were too many people struggling in silence.
“Medical people find it hard to accept help, or find help, or ask for help," he said.
“I am trying to address a gap, and that gap is awareness and speaking up.
"We need medical staff at their best for the benefit of our society and the community.
"Ultimately we want all doctors to thrive in their profession.”