Matthew is a thoughtful and considerate individual, who is cheeky and optimistic, and needs some support to navigate everyday events. As this support was lacking in his childhood and youth, Matthew found himself misunderstood and walking an unstable path, where the consequences of being inadequately supported resulted in him losing all freedoms for approximately 16 years of his life. Matthew now works with a support team who understand him, his thought processes and communication style. Although he remembers vividly the 16 years he spent deprived of his liberty in hospital settings, he now looks back through a lens of positivity and uses the lessons of his past constructively, with an understanding and appreciation that he is now in control of shaping his future.

Click here to read Matthew's story