Building Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds
The Frank Bruno Foundation was set up in 2017 to provide a safe environment for young people with mental health issues. Subsequently, we have added a programme for older people who need help managing their mental health whilst continuing to work.
Both the Round to Round and Stay in Work programmes are supported by our Wrap Around programme which seeks to understand the issues being faced, manage the programme and maintain contact after the programme has ended.
Our Round By Round is a 12-week wellbeing and non-contact boxing programme complemented by a need-led wrap-around support service.
Our programme has been developed for anyone over the age of 13 years old. People can be referred by a professional, a friend or self-referral.
Subject to a considered early assessment-led intervention we will take on children from as young as 10 years old. This is available for anyone residing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who can be referred by a professional.
The Frank Bruno Foundation exists to provide support and encouragement and the motivation to succeed for those currently facing or recovering from mental ill-health issues. We aim to achieve this by providing opportunities to participate in a wellbeing and non-contact boxing programme, supported by a need led wrap around service.
The Frank Bruno Foundation directly supports participants in building self-esteem, confidence, resilience and discipline and in applying such skills to their daily lives.
We will continue to campaign to raise public awareness of mental ill health and how this can affect anyone at any time, we will also continue to campaign to knockout the stigma surrounding this by the use of our social media platforms and the charity ambassadors to encourage anyone facing mental ill health to talk openly and not to feel discriminated against.
The Frank Bruno 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.
It is Frank’s bravery and honesty in talking about his battles with mental health issues, which continue to earn him the respect of those whose affection he won as a boxer. It is fitting then that supporting sufferers of mental ill-health is where Frank feels his attention is best focussed.
Frank has spoken openly of how exercise has played a vital role throughout his life whilst training as a professional boxer, and more recently in his battle with mental health challenges. Through his recent autobiography Frank has found the benefits of talking and sharing his experiences has not only enabled him to help others but the public responses have empowered him to accept his own previous mental health challenges.