HOpe Centre clients share the spotlight with VCH staff and Stranger Productions crew at screening of Living in HOpe. Photo credit to Jeff Topham.
This ground breaking documentary series is designed to rethink how we perceive people living with mental illness. Stranger Productions spent a year filming at the Greta & Robert H.N. Ho Psychiatry and Education Centre (HOpe Centre) in North Vancouver.
"Often we hear about mental illness only after someone has recovered. As a society we are used to hearing—and wanting—success stories, but the reality for many who experience mental disorders is that it is a long, sometimes lifelong struggle," says writer and director Melanie Wood. "By sharing stories of patients even when they are at their most vulnerable, we better understand that people living with mental illness are not "other." They are just people. And they have a voice." The documentary's scenes are intimate, compassionate and dramatic, and the viewer gets easily drawn in to the interaction between patients and VCH staff. HOpe Centre Patient Care Coordinator Zoe Krickan features prominently in the documentary.
The four part series Living in HOpe airs on Knowledge Network and streams on Knowledge.ca beginning at 9pm November 6th. Watch the trailer here.
Living in HOpe-Trailer from Stranger Productions on Vimeo.