It’s okay to say you’re not okay
You Good? That's the question we ask when we reach out to a friend, co-worker, or neighbor. So that's where we started. The You Good? campaign is working to shift perceptions around mental health by breaking the cycle of trauma through mental health services and self-care. We created the campaign in partnership with Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII), the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and a local coalition of organizations and residents.
1 — The Challenge
Of the community, by the community, for the community
Mental health and self-care have a tendency to be deprioritized and stigmatized, particularly in communities where trauma is prevalent due to COVID-19, over-policing, and chronic underinvestment caused by racist policies and systems. This leads to a cycle of generational trauma, which has a profound physical and emotional impact on children and families. We needed to create a campaign that would elicit trust, approval, and ultimately endorsement from the community.
2 — The Brand
Celebration of representation
We conducted a series of focus groups with community members and organizations to determine the appropriate tone and style of the You Good? brand. Utilizing community feedback, we created a brand voice that was respectful, trustworthy, and sincere. Additionally, all content was created in both English and Spanish. The campaign name itself asks a question, sparking a moment of self-reflection and an approachable, casual conversation with the audience.
3 — The Website
A homebase for understanding, support, and connection
Swell created a website that allows parents, caregivers, and community members to engage in the campaign on a personal level, on behalf of the kids in their life, or as members of a broader community invested in the health and well-being of their neighbors. YouGood.LA serves as an invitation to prioritize mental health and self-care, educating visitors on the sources and symptoms of trauma and the many ways one can seek help for themselves or others.
From tools to help adults and children in the moment, to a streamlined form to request professional supportive services and opportunities to join the campaign as an individual or organization, the website provides resources and easy onramps for varying levels of engagement and connection.
4 — Social Media
Bridging the generational divide
In considering the multi-generational approach to the campaign, Swell decided to focus on multiple social media platforms, including TikTok and Instagram, to share short, entertaining content for all ages featuring practical ways to improve mental health and practice self-care.
5 — Ad Campaign
South LA Saturation
Our paid promotion plan brought visibility and awareness to the You Good? campaign in order to familiarize and destigmatize symptoms of trauma, highlight the long-term negative impact trauma can have when left untreated, and urge the importance of early intervention for children who have experienced trauma.
With a goal of 10 million impressions across all placements, we spread our ad placements across digital, print, and out-of-home to meet South LA residents where they are and best accommodate our objectives of awareness, engagement, and action.
6 — The Impact
The goals of this campaign were to build awareness, cultivate an engaged community, drive website traffic, and encourage action.
In only a few short months, our OOH campaign reached more than 16 million impressions, the social following jumped from 0 to over 2,500, the site received more than 20,000 views, and hundreds of people completed one or more of the CTAs present on the site.
As word spread, the local NBC news affiliate covered the story, providing free press and furthering the important message of mental health prioritization for all.
We were honored to receive a Webby Award for this campaign and are still feelin’ good about it. How about you. You good?