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Mental-health PSAs aren't exactly feel-good

These Ad Council spots from Grey, addressing mental-health problems, are well intentioned, and no can argue that the loving support of friends goes a long way toward helping folks…

May 26, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

Fake kids are the only kids who don't booze

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) takes on underage drinking in new PSAs from Deutsch showing parents in denial who refuse to acknowledge that their…

March 29, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

Ex-smokers are awkward, dangerous people

I don't really understand where these new "Become an ex" anti-smoking spots (from American Legacy, the NATC, the Ad Council and GSD&M Idea City) are coming from. The…

February 25, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

The Pope thanks you for not driving buzzed

Holiday safe-driving PSA season is in full throttle. First, we had that great ad from New Mexico. Now, here's a spot from Mullen for the National Highway Traffic…

December 18, 2009, 12:12 PM EST

VIDEO: Tina Fey celebrates Ad Council work

Tina Fey emceed the Ad Council's annual dinner last Wednesday. Here's a video of her amusing opening remarks, in which she bemoans NBC's fourth-place ratings ("Actually, we're in ninth place…

November 23, 2009, 11:48 AM EST

PSAs try to drag kids to the Great Outdoors

The U.S. Forest Service, the Ad Council and Euro RSCG Tonic have created a PSA campaign designed to reconnect tweens with nature, even though most of them would probably prefer…

June 10, 2009, 1:18 PM EDT

PSAs battle drunk driving with grim humor

Mullen and the Ad Council successfully walk a fine line in these anti-drunk-driving spots. Using humor to draw attention to such a charged issue can be tricky, and in the…

November 26, 2008, 8:51 AM EST

Adopted teens want their laundry just right

This Ad Council spot by Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, promoting adoption, does well to avoid the kind of too-cute-for-words approach (adorable kids with perfect teeth) or gut-wrenching guilt trips (adorable…

November 17, 2008, 8:51 AM EST

BBDO reaches out to Iraq, Afghanistan vets

BBDO New York and the Ad Council have created a powerful new campaign for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The ads aim to address the mental-health consequences…

November 12, 2008, 7:36 AM EST

No more chimps and gorillas in advertising?

Prodded by the well-meaning folks at PETA, the Ad Council says it no longer supports the use of great apes in ads (including chimpanzees and gorillas) because the creatures…

November 10, 2008, 9:03 AM EST