Three lots of 20 years
I was born in London in 1951 and there then followed three periods of approximately 20 years each.
Until the age of 20 I was a hard working grammar school boy and undergraduate at Reading University.
From 1974 to 1991 I became a revolving door asylum patient: I was admitted and readmitted about 12 times to the asylums at Hellingly in East Susssex and Oakwood near Maidstone.
Then for 20 years after the implementation of the Community Care Act, I have lived in the community in Bexhill on the East Sussex coast. This involved care and support from a residential home, from a group home, from the accommodation team in Bexhill, from the Community Mental Health Team (now the Recovery Team), and the continuous help from the mental health day centre. I also had counselling weekly throughout the period. In 2005 I moved into supported social housing.