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Topic: Suicide

PR Giant Edelman Apologizes for Calling Robin Williams' Death an 'Opportunity' But says blog post on sparking mental health discussion will remain live

Edelman is usually tapped with helping brands avoid or disentangle themselves from public backlash, but the global PR firm instead found itself in the hot seat this week. At issue was…

August 14, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

Yet Another Car Ad Depicts Failed Suicide to Promote Clean Emissions Grim theme won't die

UPDATE: Holly Brockwell, a British advertising creative whose father committed suicide in a car, wrote a heartbreaking blog post in reaction to this ad that has been shared widely this…

April 19, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

Hill Holliday Spreads Happiness With 'Social Experiments' in Boston New approach to suicide prevention

All advertising strives to sell happiness, implying that buying certain goods or services will make you feel better than you did before. Pitching happiness itself, striving to communicate the gravity…

December 20, 2012, 7:45 AM EST

Suicide ads projected under bridge jumpers

Marketing stunts can be a lot of things—funny, weird, innovative, maudlin, hectoring, and of course flat-out stupid. But once in a while, there's a fundamentally good heart at its…

September 28, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

Nesting birds protect POM suicide billboard

In yet another example of nature defeating man, a POM juice billboard in Boston that came under fire for supposedly trivializing suicide now can't be taken down because a…

May 10, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

Suicide: yeah, still not the best topic for ads

The line between provocative and tasteless is always thin, but it's safe to say the topic of suicide turns a lot of people off. Yet advertisers continue to return…

April 7, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

Suicidal feeling might be something you ate

Scotland has unveiled a new anti-suicide campaign. It centers on the TV spot below, by ad agency Frame, in which a man trudges through his bleak Scottish life in…

April 6, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

That's an odd scarf you're making, Grandma

"Over 50% of all suicides are committed by senior citizens" says this ad by Shimoni Finkelstein Draftfcb for Israeli charity organization Adam LeAdam. The visual almost overwhelms. Still,…

February 10, 2010, 12:52 PM EST

Suicide: still not the best advertising theme

Oh goody, another suicide ad. What is it about cars that leads people to the suicide theme? You'll recall that Volkswagen disowned a rogue suicide-bomber spec commercial four years ago.…

January 8, 2010, 8:32 AM EST

Keep depressed food alive so you can eat it

Hinting at suicide in ads is always risky, even when the potential building-jumper is an animated head of depressed cabbage, as in the Draftfcb spot above for RescueFood.org (an initiative…

October 23, 2009, 8:27 AM EDT

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