Frank Bruno talks mental health and receives rugby shirt at Black Men in Conference

Frank Bruno receives a rugby short from Sharon Burke, from the James Burke Foundation. Photo: Paul Abraham

Photos: Paul Abraham

Former boxer Frank Bruno received a rugby shirt from a West Leeds-based charity when he attended an event which discussed mental health services from a black male perspective.

Leeds Black Health Initiative held its “Black Men in Conference” event at Leeds Civic Hall to learn, reflect and identify areas for change.

Mr Bruno was the guest speaker and received a James Burke Foundation rugby shirt from Sharon Burke, who runs the West Leeds-based mental health charity in honour of her son who took his own life in 2017. 

Mr Burke was one of the keynote speakers along with Dr Habib Naqvi, chief executive of the NHC Race and Health Observatory, Chief Inspector Darren Beech of West Yorkshire Police, and Sharon Prince, a clinical and forensic psychologist. 

Bramley-based Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Jones-Buchanan (pictured above, right) was one of the MCs.

More detail on the James Burke Foundation can be found here. The organisation set up its national office at Proton Business Park in New Wortley in 2020.


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