In 2003, the former WBC World Heavyweight champion was diagnosed as having Bipolar disorder. Frank has used his status and his well documented mental illness to help change perceptions that surround mental health. He campaigns for higher standards of care given to those suffering with mental health issues, supporting charities in any way he can. He is also the Founder of the Frank Bruno Foundation.
As a boxer, Frank challenged Mike Tyson for the unified world Heavyweight title in Las Vegas, 1989. On 2 September 1995 Bruno finally became World Champion by outpointing Oliver McCall over twelve rounds, resulting in an open top parade around London.
More recently, Frank has set up the Frank Bruno Foundation, which provides Non-contact Boxing programmes for adults and young people who are facing or recovering from mental ill-health, in addition to those who may be facing social and emotional difficulties. The Foundation is a direct result of Frank wanting to give something back to the community. Frank has faced challenges both in and out of the ring and has always done so with determination, dignity, humour and humility.
In Q&A sessions, Frank talks openly and honestly about his battles with mental health issues.