Living in HOpe


Thank you for your interest in the Living in HOpe research study. At this time, we have concluded all three public screening events for the documentary research study.

Living in HOpe will premiere on air and online on Knowledge Network on November 6, 2018. Please visit for updates or scroll down to watch the trailer.


Post-screening discussion at the Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre, Victoria, on July 30, 2018.

Past screening locations and dates of Living in HOpe, Part 1: Another Day in Paradise: 

  • July 30, 2018, 7:00 PM – Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre, Victoria, BC
  • August 13, 2018, 5:00 PM – The Cullen Family Lecture Theatre, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
  • October 2, 2018, 4:00 PM – Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, Capilano University, North Vancouver

Research study

Screenings of Living in HOpe, Part 1: Another Day in Paradise were held as part of a study to evaluate the impact of a documentary on attitudes towards people with mental illness. People who attended a screening could participate in the research study by filling in an online questionnaire before viewing the documentary, immediately afterwards, and one month later. All screenings were open to the public. For more information on the research study, please contact

You may participate in this study if you:

  • are over the age of 19
  • attend a screening (details above)
  • would like to participate in the study as either a:
    • Person who lives with a mental health condition;
    • Healthcare provider working with people with mental illness;
    • Student/trainee;
    • Member of the general public

About the documentary

Living in HOpe is a 4-part documentary series that captures everyday life at HOpe Psychiatry & Education Centre at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.Living in HOpe CapU Screening Poster (Updated) compressed

Opened in 2014, the $62.2-million, 14,700-square-metre HOpe Centre replaces the hospital’s aging 26-bed inpatient psychiatric unit originally built in 1929. At HOpe Centre, patients and practitioners work together on a bold, radical human approach to mental health.

For this documentary series, a film crew spent a year in the HOpe Centre, documenting the daily lives of patients and staff. There will be three screenings will be held as a part of a research study in British Columbia to test the impact of the documentary on stigmatizing attitudes towards people with mental illness.

Living in HOpe is produced by Stranger Productions in association with Telus Fund, Knowledge Network, and Canada Media Fund. Stranger Productions is committed to making “films that give a voice to people with stories to tell — people who haven’t yet been heard”. Melanie Wood ( is executive producer and Maria LeRose is co-producer.

Living in HOpe will premiere on air and online on Knowledge Network on November 6, 2018.



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