EYE OF THE STORM

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Alberta Health Services Logo

Client

Alberta Health Services

Year

2018

Category

Government, Health

Massive & Peace Region Victim Service tackle the stigmas attached to opioid misuse in Northern Alberta.

Being situated in the heart of Gastown on Vancouver’s downtown eastside means we see the affects of opioid misuse on a daily––sometimes hourly––basis. It’s something we spend a considerable amount of time talking about, and as a result, it has become an issue we care deeply about.

Perhaps not surprisingly, when Alberta’s Peace Regional Victim Services approached us to help promote a series of discussions to address opioid misuse in northern Alberta, we were eager to lend our talents.

In close partnership with the Alberta Provincial Government, Alberta Health Services, the RCMP, and other local organizations, this series of talks aims to tackle the many misconceptions surrounding opioid misuse and to increase awareness of the support available to those closest to it.

Services

  • Campaign Strategy
  • Creative Direction
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Website Design
  • Website Development
  • Marketing Collateral
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Homepage design for Opioid Crisis campaign

The Many Faces of Opioid Misuse

Like all projects, success for this campaign meant rolling up our sleeves and speaking to those involved on the ground.

We spoke to the RCMP, members of the Peace Regional Victim Services, and people with lived experience dealing with the opioid crisis. Throughout our conversations, a few things became clear:
  1. Opioid misuse affects everyone. Ethnicity, age, gender, age, religion and economic status… this is a crisis that spans all members of society. This campaign needed to speak to the breadth of those affected by opioids.

  2. A disease of despair. Opioid addiction is isolating, both for the users themselves and for those that love them. We needed to address this sense of isolation in a compelling, relatable way.

  3. Lack of knowledge of resources. While the impact of opioid misuse is far-reaching, very few people are aware of the help available to them.
Mockup of a campaign landing page

The Far-Reaching Effects of Opioids

Compassion. Resources. Community.  These are the weapons with which you attack a disease intent on dividing and isolating. We knew our creative needed to represent the many faces of this problem, allowing its audience to see themselves, regardless of age, sex, race or income. Opioid misuse isn’t a ‘them’ problem. It affects everyone.

In contrast, the lone hiker represents the isolating nature of the problem, speaking to the mental and psychological toll addiction takes on those involved.

Three primary colours were introduced to further communicate the complexity of the issue, and to hint at the idea that we as humans exist on a spectrum.

Landing page design for an opioid campaign

And What Follows

Information surrounding the presentations was kept short and concise. Key statistics were paired with contextual imagery to split the page’s content.

Finally, a Local Resources section was created, with a CTA encouraging people to reach out for help. In addition to the landing page, Massive was responsible for setting up the campaign’s social channels and creating posters and flyers to promote the events.

If you, or someone you know is struggling with opioid misuse, visit Health Canada’s Substance Use page.