Frank Bruno has revealed it was ‘very, very good’ to have had the opportunity to candidly discuss mental health with fellow boxing icon and bipolar disorder sufferer Tyson Fury.
Earlier this month Frank, 59, sat down with 33-year-old Tyson to discuss their battles with mental health, and during an interview on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Frank was asked about their chat by presenter Susanna Reid.
After Susana asked him ‘what the conversation was like’, Frank answered: ‘It was very, very good. It’s nice to bounce off him.’
Candid: Frank Bruno, 59, has revealed ‘it was very, very good’ to have the opportunity to candidly discuss mental health with fellow boxing icon Tyson Fury, 33
The sporting star elaborated: ‘Sometimes in the summer you go through mental health, but in the winter you go through mental health in a different way.
‘You get lethargic, you get good days, you get bad days. It’s nice to talk to people with bipolar – or whatever you’ve got – to bounce off and talk and get it off your plate.’
Frank concluded: ‘The best thing you can do is talk to others.’
In a video released this month, Frank and Tyson spoke candidly about their mutual struggles with mental health and Bruno shared that he was sectioned in June 2020, during the first lockdown.
Opening up: After Susana asked him ‘what the conversation was like’, Frank answered: ‘It was very, very good. It’s nice to bounce off him’
But he has declared himself well again, saying: ‘It is very important to speak out about mental health. A lot of people are in trouble. When they are in trouble they are scared, they won’t let anybody know they are going through it because there are a lot of bullies out there who can be very vicious, very nasty.
‘It’s good to chat and get it off your plate and explain to people. Please don’t feel bad, come to someone, talk to someone.
‘It’s great that Tyson talks so openly. He is talking seriously and being honest. He is not watering it down. He is speaking from the heart.’
The sporting star elaborated: ‘Sometimes in the summer you go through mental health, but in the winter you go through mental health in a different way’
Sit-down chat: Earlier this month Frank sat down with Tyson to discuss their battles with mental health
The former boxer, who has bipolar disorder, was taken by the police to Luton and Central Bedfordshire Hospital mental health unit on June 28, 2020, and remained there for six weeks after fears grew over his safety, The Sun reported earlier this month.
According to the outlet, Frank said: ‘It has been the hardest and most terrifying time of my life. I hit rock bottom and suffered a breakdown.’
Frank, who struggled after quitting boxing, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1998 and was sectioned for the first time in 2003.
The dad of four, who was divorced from wife Laura in 2001, added: ‘For my own safety and for the safety of others, I was sectioned and taken back into hospital. I had to face up to the fact my illness had returned after years of keeping a lid on it. I had to fight for my sanity and there were times I feared I wouldn’t get through it.’
Pictured: Frank Bruno takes on Mike Tyson on February 25, 1989, in Las Vegas for the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles
Bruno also said that being forced to stay at home under the lockdown felt ten times scarier than entering the ring for a boxing match.
He said that all of the routine and structure in his life vanished when the lockdown was implemented, resulting in him feeling like a prisoner in his own home.
However, friends and family began to worry for his safety after he began training excessively in the gym – with the intention of arranging boxing matches.
Additionally, Bruno called his agent asking for £60,000 to be transferred in order for him to buy a car worth just a third of that value.
Following his stint in hospital, Bruno is now on medication – and he is set to reveal more extended details about his battle in a book out next month, titled Frank Bruno: 60 Years A Fighter.
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