We had to call for help Dad.. or you might not be here now

Bruno’s girl re­veals agony

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICK OWENS

IT is a de­ci­sion that would tear most fam­i­lies apart.

Yet it wasn’t just once that Frank Bruno’s fam­ily agreed for him to be sec­tioned... it was three times.

And that was the tough­est blow in his har­row­ing bat­tle with men­tal ill health.

Now, for the first time, one of the re­tired boxer’s chil­dren opens up on why the fam­ily thought he should be re­peat­edly locked up against his will.

“We acted out of love,” his daugh­ter Rachel says, her eyes fill­ing with tears.

“I know that for a long pe­riod Dad strug­gled to come to terms with what we de­cided to do. But I truly feel if some­thing hadn’t hap­pened, if Dad hadn’t got some help, he might not be here to­day.”

PRIDE

Rachel is speak­ing out to raise aware­ness of the im­pact men­tal ill health has on loved ones. She talks of:

Heart­break­ing vis­its she, sis­ter Ni­cola and brother Franklin made to see their dad in psy­chi­atric units.

Pride at his re­cov­ery – and her be­lief that the fam­ily will never need to in­ter­vene in his ill­ness again.

Her dad’s vi­tal sup­port as she bat­tles her own anx­i­ety.

Former world heavy­weight champ Bruno, 56, de­tails his re­cov­ery from bipo­lar dis­or­der in a new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. He was first sec­tioned in 2003 after re­tir­ing from box­ing.

Then, in the space of six weeks in 2012, Bruno was sec­tioned twice after fam­ily grew con­cerned about his wel­fare. Writ­ing in Let Me Be Frank about that pe­riod he says: “I lay in the dark, my mind rac­ing and I slowly came to terms with re­al­ity – that my fam­ily and friends had made the call for it to hap­pen.

“I was pacing the room try­ing to piece to­gether the rea­sons: Why? Why? Why?”

Rachel, 30, found her fa­ther’s words “har­row­ing” but in­sists the fam­ily were only try­ing to do their best for him.

She re­calls: “Dad wasn’t well. He was pre­par­ing for a TV in­ter­view with Piers Mor­gan and was over­do­ing it. We went for din­ner after the show and al­though it was a mas­sive achieve­ment he was so down. Dad had lost weight and we were get­ting mes­sages he was act­ing out of char­ac­ter. His con­di­tion was tak­ing hold. But when we tried to reach out, Dad

BELTING BRIDE Rachel & dad Frank

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