From Depressed Dog Portraits to OCD-Enabling Workspaces

By: Amanda Greer - Published: Jul 10, 2013
With mental disorders like depression, attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder occupying a prominent position in modern scientific research, mental illness awareness campaigns have become a staple of contemporary activism advertising. These campaigns range from photography series to pop-cup bakeries, making each of them incredibly memorable -- a fantastic technique for activist ads.

One particularly innovative campaign is a bakery by Miss Cakehead that will be popping up in London within the next year to promote depression awareness. Every cake sold in this bakery will be gray in color, highlighting the inner feelings of those suffering from depression. A large portion of the shop's profits will be going to organizations dedicated to depression research, making it both a delicious and charitable undertaking.

A second mental illness awareness campaign is that of a photographer who photographed an old, abandoned mental asylum, highlighting the poor living conditions of the space. This photo series warns against prejudice towards those suffering from various mental disorders, making a clear statement against institutionalization.

Each of these incredible mental health awareness campaigns brings something new to the movement towards acceptance of mental disorders. With these fantastically creative products, photographs and advertisements, mental health awareness has become more appreciated than ever.