PRWeek UK Awards Winners 2020: Public Sector

This award goes to ‘Every mind matters’, by Freuds’ Health & Behaviour Change unit for Public Health England (PHE).

PRWeek UK Awards Winners 2020: Public Sector

The agency was brought in to lead the first national government campaign on mental health, with the goal of generating mass engagement with a new, evidence-based mental health tool, created by PHE and endorsed by NHS England.

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The goal was to prompt a million people to use the tool and create a personalised action plan within three years.

Freuds asked Love Actually writer Richard Curtis to script a three-minute film, which was directed by celebrity photographer Rankin and narrated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The film featured a diverse range of people affected by mental ill-health, including Gillian Anderson, Nadiya Hussein and Freddie Flintoff; but it gave equal standing to non-celebrity case studies.

Cuts of the film were created in formats appropriate for all marketing channels, including TV ads and social content.

On launch day, broadcasters came together to co-brand a roadblock across ITV, Channel 4 and Sky channels at 8:45pm to play a one minute cut of the film.

The target audience was those with emerging or milder mental health issues, rather than those who would require clinical interventions.

The campaign achieved its three-year target of one million ‘Mind Plans’ within less than three months and the PR campaign around the film generated 2,000 pieces of coverage. It reached an estimated 110 million people, including 75 per cent of the crucial C2DE demographic.

The agency capitalised on the momentum of the campaign with further waves, including inspiring football fans to ‘Take a minute’ to consider their mental health ahead of a crucial match – eventually pushing the number of completed ‘Mind Plans’ to 1.6 million.

Judge's comment

Brilliant, integrated campaign – which really maximised use of celebrity.

Highly commended

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