Memories of patients and staff at a former psychiatric hospital are being showcased to help break the stigma surrounding mental health.
Former patients, workers and visitors at High Royds Hospital, near Menston, Leeds, have shared their stories about their experiences at the notorious site.
Their memories form part of an exhibition called Unheard Voices of High Royds at Leeds Central Library.
The exhibition was created by Time to Change Leeds co-ordinator Tricia Thorpe, who spent nearly 12 years of her life at the hospital.
Tricia interviewed, filmed and recorded the history of the striking building in partnership with Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust and Leeds Museums.
She told the YEP: “It is all about capturing people’s memories through the exhibition and some of those memories were quite horrific.
“It is for people’s recovery and when people talk about something that may have happened in their lives it is a time to put things to rest.
“When people have revealed their stories they have said they feel like they can move on.
“High Royds has been a big part of people’s lives and it is also a big part of Leeds’s history.”
The exhibition, which opened last night, uses a series of photographs, poetry and written statements sharing thoughts about the Grade II-listed former hospital.
And Tricia, 49, from Headingley, said she hopes the exhibition will help visitors to understand mental health.
She added: “It’s sad that there is still this huge stigma around mental health.
“I think I would like people to take away the understanding of mental health issues and how we need to move on and accept people in society.
“I would hate to think that we will go back to the time when there were big asylums when it was acceptable to lock people up and forget about them.”
The exhibition is open until October 29.