Agency Network: 
April 2020


A Finnish NGO HelsinkiMissio demonstrates how the world looks like for the lonely through images of the deserted city streets of Helsinki. The organization helping the lonely aims to highlight the issue during the crisis in hopes to get compassion for the ones who need it now more than ever.

The campaign was carried out pro bono together with TBWA\Helsinki, FLC Helsinki, Sanoma, and Clear Channel.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to adjust to the new world of social distancing. For most of us, a life without daily human interaction is an entirely new situation. It is, however, nothing unusual for those suffering from chronic loneliness and isolation. Momentary solitude can be good for you, however, involuntary loneliness can lead to life-threatening health conditions.

The empty city streets inspired HelsinkiMissio to use pictures of deserted public spaces in their campaign to show how the world looks like through the eyes of the lonely, even without the ongoing virus outbreak. Loneliness is always harmful, it is never a choice of solitude. All of the images were taken in some of the busiest locations of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

“We are now seeing pictures of deserted cities everywhere. They have turned into a post-apocalyptic art exhibition for everyone isolated at their homes. With this campaign, we hope that people will understand how the situation is affecting those who are already suffering from loneliness,” states Erno Reinikainen, Creative Director at TBWA\Helsinki. “In times like this, people need each other more than ever,” he continues.

Film advertisement created by TBWA, Finland for HelsinkiMissio, within the category: Public Interest, NGO.

Advertising Agency: TBWA\Helsinki, Finland
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