FRANK Bruno today reveals he was severed under the Mental Health Act during the lockdown and admits: “I have hit rock bottom.”
The former heavyweight boxing world champion, 60 next month, was rushed to hospital by police and remained there for six weeks after family and friends feared for his safety.
Mental health activist Frank, who suffers from bipolar disorder, said the loss of friends to Covid combined with the lockdown led to another outage.
And, shockingly, we can reveal that a mental health worker who cared for Frank after his release is under investigation for allegedly calling the star via mobile at a party with friends. in a pub.
Among the incidents that prompted friends to take action and have him cut were:
- EXCESSIVE physical training every day at home to try to keep demons at bay;
- TRYING to organize a boxing comeback, and;
- CONCERN about wanting to pay £ 60,000 for a car worth less than £ 20,000.
Londoner Frank, famous for his two courageous battles against formidable American rival ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson in 1989 and 1996, said: “It has been the most difficult and terrifying time of my life. I hit rock bottom and suffered a breakdown.
“Face the fact that my illness has returned”
“For my own safety and the safety of others, I was severed and taken back to the hospital. I had to face the fact that my disease had returned after years of controlling it. I had to fight for my sanity and there were times when I feared I would not get out of it.
“Being locked up against your will is the worst thing you can imagine. It’s ten times scarier than boxing. Being in a hospital for weeks during the pandemic only made it even more terrifying. But luckily, especially thanks to the support and love of my family and friends, I was able to get away from the edge of the cliff. I’m still standing. “
Frank’s nightmare began when the lockdown was first introduced. He explained, “All the routine and structure of my world is gone. The work began to be canceled.
“The gyms are closed. And the fitness center near my house, which is like a second home, also closed. I soon felt a bit trapped in my own home and my illness started to set in again.
“Then when I started losing friends to Covid, it was like a perfect storm was hitting over my head.”
A series of incidents left his friends, family and managers concerned about Frank’s safety. These included over-training at the gym in his shed and losing weight – and, worryingly, trying to put on boxing matches.
Being locked up against your will is the worst thing you can imagine. It’s ten times scarier than boxing.
The star retired in 1996 after learning he could lose his sight in one eye following his second loss to Tyson. But he contacted the office of promoter Frank Warren. He also called his agent and demanded the transfer of £ 60,000 from his account to buy a car worth £ 20,000, raising fears of an attempted scam.
Frank was eventually taken by a police minibus, with two cops sitting on either side of him, to the mental health unit in Luton and Central Bedfordshire Hospital on June 28 of last year. He underwent six weeks of intensive treatment and has since been cared for by community nurses.
Frank is also taking medication to try to control his illness. The former ring favorite, who recently reunited with “Iron” Mike for a documentary and also posed with current British heavyweight world title holder Tyson Fury, said he is now on his way. to be back at his best.
And he’s got to reveal all about his battle – and how he won it – in a new book called Frank Bruno: 60 Years A Fighter, due out next month. But Frank also shared how he was recently shocked by a phone call from a member of the healthcare team.
He said, “I got a late night call from a number that I didn’t recognize. When I responded, I could hear singing and laughing in the background. It quickly became apparent that one of the staff in charge of my follow-up was on his cell phone downstairs in the pub passing me around his friends. “
Last night, a spokesperson for Frank said the incident was being investigated by the NHS. The health trust that employs the worker declined to comment.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It does not discriminate, affecting the lives of people in all corners of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under 35, deadlier than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to kill themselves than women.
Yet it is rarely talked about, a taboo that threatens to continue its murderous rampage unless we all stop to take note, now.
That’s why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The goal is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all help save lives.
Let us vow to ask for help when we need it and to listen to others… You are not alone.
If you, or someone you know, needs help coping with mental health issues, the following organizations offer support:
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Frank, who struggled after quitting boxing, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1998 and was first severed in 2003.
The father of four, divorced from his wife Laura in 2001, has spoken of his battle over fears tens of thousands of people will silently suffer from mental health issues caused by the pandemic disruption.
Her charity, the Frank Bruno Foundation, hosts a fundraising ball in November to help others.
Frank said, “I mean it’s okay to admit that you need help. Right now I’m fine, but I know I can never step forward or take things for granted. My illness will be with me for life and the challenge is to learn how to live better with it.
Shine a light on a great crisis
FRANK Bruno deserves huge praise for opening up about the impact Covid-19 has had on his mental health.
Over the past 18 months, the Laura Hyde Foundation has supported thousands of people who have suffered devastating relapses in pre-existing conditions due to the pandemic.
The lockdown resulted in a sudden loss of routine, structure and normal connections to a support network.
Add to that the shutdown of mental health services and recreation and wellness facilities – a vital lifeline for many – and you have a perfect storm.
But speaking out, Frank made sure the spotlight shone the spotlight on an issue the Laura Hyde Foundation has been campaigning on.
The Covid-19 has created a major mental health crisis that the government must urgently address.
- FOR assistance, call the Samaritans free of charge anytime, from any phone, at 116 123. Whatever you go through, a Samaritan will face it with you.
Liam is president of the Laura Hyde Foundation, one of the country’s leading mental health charities.