Frank Bruno in Yorkshire to talk about mental health

24 May 2019, 07:23 | Updated: 24 May 2019, 07:24

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A woman from Yorkshire and former heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno want men to talk about mental health.

Hayley Carroll from Skipton wants more men to speak about depression, after her little brother took his own life three years ago.

Hayley is hosting an event with former professional boxer Frank Bruno this evening to raise awareness of male suicide.

She lost her little brother Samuel to suicide in May 2016 and then set up a campaign called "Samuel's Rainbow" to help men struggling.

Hayley told us about the meaning behind the name:

"A few days after his death the brightest fullest rainbow shone straight over the woodlands where Samuel took his own life.

That's when we realised that we can't let this happen to another family, suicide does need to be spoken about and it needs to stop being such a taboo subject."

British heavyweight boxing legend Frank Bruno will meet fans at a special dinner - and encourage men to talk about mental health.

Samuel's sister Hayley and other family members have organised the event this evening.

Hayley said: "Having such an inspirational man like Frank Bruno coming along who sadly has suffered with mental health issues in the past.

It's going to show everyone that men can cry, men can talk and men get through a depressing time that they may be going through."

Shortly after Samuel's death Hayley and her family started campaigning and encouraging men to talk.

She says helping save other people in Samuel's name helps them cope with their loss: "We've put all the pain and heartache into making Samuel's campaign into what it is now.

Someone once told me that someone never truly dies until the last person stops speaking their name.

That's exactly what we're doing we'll never stop speaking about Samuel and his story."

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that three quarters of the suicides registered in 2017 were male.