Melie is only just starting out on her journey to inspire and help others after her own experiences with mental health.
Amelia Kerr, or Melie as she prefers to be known, is a New Zealand cricketer who plays for the White Ferns, the New Zealand women’s cricket team, and the Wellington Blaze. She was born on 13 October 2000 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a right-hand bat, right arm leg spin bowler and genuine allrounder.
Born to former Wellington players Robbie Kerr and Jo Murray, Kerr’s cricketing pedigree goes as far back as her maternal grandfather Bruce Murray, the former New Zealand Test batsman. New Zealand International cricketer Jess Kerr is her elder sister. There were countless backyard games together at home in the Wellington suburb of Tawa, with their dad, Robbie, playing wicketkeeper.
When she’s not on the field she enjoys hanging out with family, playing her guitar and singing. Add to that her newest passion of photography, where she gets to combine her love of exploring the outdoors back home and around the world, when she’s travelling with cricket or family and friends.
“Her passion for mental health follows her comeback from the depths of her own battle with anxiety and depression. ”
The first time people knew about the depths of her experience with mental health was in a raw and honest tell-all interview with NZ website Newsroom December 2021, when the then 21-year-old later revealed she had been battling mental health demons for the best part of 18 months.
White Ferns, concerned for her mental health and welfare, sent her home from a training camp in July 2021 and she credits her family for saving her life by taking her to the emergency department at Wellington Hospital where she saw the crisis team the very next day.
Kerr is passionate about being involved in mental health advocacy and initiatives in the future. Out of the Rough is about turning her pain into her passion. Her priority is to share her mental health experiences far and wide in a bid to help as many people as possible.
“I’m more human because of it all. Fully accepting it all is massive because trying to hide away from it is rough. And doing it all alone is too tough