With more than 15 years of experience reporting and presenting the latest in sport on Network 10, Brad McEwan has ensured viewers do not miss any of the day’s action. Brad is Melbourne’s TEN Eyewitness News sport presenter. Before moving to Melbourne in November 2013, Brad was the sports presenter on TEN Eyewitness News in Sydney as well as regularly appearing on TEN Late News.
Among the many sporting highlights Brad has seen during his career, highlights include attending the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and being part of the TEN’s Commonwealth Games Presenting team in Delhi, India in 2010 and the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
As a beyondblue Ambassador, Brad talks openly about his family’s experience of mental illness and the impact of losing his father and brother to suicide some 20 years ago.
He is committed to breaking down the barriers and addressing the stigma still attached to depression and anxiety. Brad, his sister and his mother believe their brother and father would still be alive today with the support of an organisation like beyondblue.
“Losing a family member to suicide is something you never, ever get over. The scars always stay with you, even though others can’t see them.
“I was 17 when I lost my brother. He had been struggling for some time and received some psychiatric help, but took his own life at age 19. His death rocked our family and this feeling was compounded 18 months later when my father also took his own life under different circumstances.
“My mother, sister and I rallied together to support each other. We lived in a small town in rural Victoria with a population of around 300, and while people in the community also reached out to us, the stigma around mental illness meant many people felt uncomfortable talking about the deaths as suicides.
“I remember feeling dumbfounded by the attitudes around mental illness and frustrated that there were so few people I felt I could talk to, which I needed to do to get better.
“This stigma has reduced dramatically over the past 20 years, thanks to people who’ve publicly shared how they’ve been affected by depression or anxiety, but we still have a long way to go. I became a beyondblue Ambassador in 2010 because I felt I really needed to help this effort in some way.
“By this time, I’d already been working at Channel TEN News for more than a decade.
“As a beyondblue Ambassador, I’ve shared my family’s story with the media and at a range of events.
“Every time I speak at an event, people politely queue up for a chat afterwards to share their own experiences of depression or anxiety with me, which has been incredibly humbling.
“Sometimes, when I’m telling my story, I still get a little teary, which happened recently at a ‘survivors of suicide’ event in rural New South Wales.
“Afterwards, a young woman came up to me to tell me about a wellbeing program she was involved with at her school.
“She said that seeing me allow myself to become emotional had given her permission to do so too. We both cried together then, which I will always hold dear
"My Mum also says 'A problem shared is a problem halved'. We must continue to address mental health issues and, most importantly, encourage people to talk about their mental health. Too often we tell the world we’re fine when, really, we’re not. Far from it. We’re struggling. All of us need a hand from time to time. “