Hugh immigrated to Canada in 1975 from Glasgow, Scotland. He had served 5 years in the British Military, attached to the UN peacekeeping forces. He was sponsored by his sister to come to Canada. Hugh worked in the auto parts industry for 8 years. A breakdown led Hugh to lose his job and his apartment. He eventually got better and worked in the electronics industry. After a major bout of depression, Hugh sought help from his family doctor. Hugh then became an inpatient at a psychiatric facility where he was diagnosed with Bipolar Effective Disorder. Unable to live with his mother due to her own declining health, Hugh was later referred to supportive housing. Since then, he has lived in several supportive housing units, and now lives in a one bedroom apartment with his own kitchen so that he can do his own cooking. He says having his own place feels pretty good.