Category Archives: mental health

Big Frank Bruno proves a knock-out at mental health charity event held at Norwich hotel

Former world heavyweight champion and national treasure Frank Bruno was given a hero’s welcome as he took to the stage at a Norwich hotel.

Peter Walsh Monday, September 24, 2012
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 Frank Bruno and Trisha Goddard together for the Mind Charity Gala Event at Dunston Hall. Photo by Lee Blanchflower.
Frank Bruno and Trisha Goddard together for the Mind Charity Gala Event at Dunston Hall. Photo by Lee Blanchflower.



Bruno’s mission is to help others deliver a knock-out blow to mental health issues.

The much-loved boxer, who realised his world title ambition in 1995 when he beat Oliver McCall at Wembley, has faced a long battle against bipolar disorder and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2003.

But Bruno is coming to terms with his condition – and attended the Smile Ball at the De Vere Dunston Hall Hotel, near Norwich, in aid of Norwich Mind, a mental health charity, to help give others the confidence to do the same.

Bruno this year appeared in front of millions as a guest on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories show on ITV1, but it was TV presenter Trisha Goddard with whom he went toe-to-toe at the start of Saturday’s event.

Carers to receive advice in spotting house fire risks

Carers are to be given new advice on spotting those at risk of house fires, including smokers and those with mental health issues.

One person receiving care is dying from a fire every month in London on average, according to a London Fire Brigade (LFB) report.

It said in the last three years, 36 out of 119 accidental fire deaths involved people accessing some form of care.

The advice will form part of care workers’ inductions.

This includes those who care for people in their own homes, in sheltered accommodation and in care homes.

Benefit reforms ‘will hit disabled’

Low-income families and the disabled will be among the hardest hit by the pending abolition of housing benefit, a report has claimed.

Social tenants will “lose hundreds of millions of pounds” as a result of the UK Government’s welfare reforms, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Housing benefit will be phased out from April 2013 and substituted with the new universal credit, a single payment which will replace the current range of working age benefits. But the new order could result in “significant financial losses” to tenants on low incomes living in housing association and co-operative properties, the SFHA said.