Whilst living in Manchester, Michael became a regular on the vibrant social scene, his larger than life and generous character gathering him lots of friends, partying and drinking as most young adults do. However, the demons of his past were not far behind and things caught up with him. On the 28th of December 1998, Michael attempted to take his own life by jumping off a motorway bridge. Prior to jumping, he was sitting there for three hours, 60ft high. He didn’t want to jump, but thought if he didn’t, people would think he was attention-seeking, put in prison, or institutionalised again. He broke more-or-less every bone in his body, spent months in hospital and had to learn to walk again.