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Boxer Bruno highlights mental illness plight

7th November 2005

Boxing star Frank Bruno hopes that his documented recovery from mental illness will inspire other people with similar conditions to seek treatment and get well.

Mr Bruno, who was treated for depression in September this year, said he is now much better after treatment and is now in a 'very peaceful place'.

During an interview on Sky News the sportsman said he was thankful to his daughter who signed for his hospital treatment.

"At the time I didn't want to go. I wasn't frightened, but I just didn't want to go to hospital, and it confused me at the time to have people come into my house telling I had to do something," he said.

"But if you have got a broken car , you go to a mechanic, if you have a broken shoe you go to a cobbler, and if your brain is not right it is best to got to the NHS to a hospital where they can look after you," he added.

Mr Bruno said many members of the public want to thank him for bringing the issue of mental illness into the public domain.

"Sometimes people want to chat, some people want an autograph, and some people relate to me with what I have been through with the mental illness and thank me for bringing it out to the forefront," he said.

"Anything can cause a mental illness. We are not zombies, we are not weirdoes, and we are not strange people. It can happen to anybody," he added.