Ad of the Day | RYB's Paul Scheer Tackles Super Bowl LVIII With Impactful 988 Mental Health Lifeline PSA

Ad of the Day | RYB's Paul Scheer Tackles Super Bowl LVIII With Impactful 988 Mental Health Lifeline PSA

Feb. 13, 2024

Oklahoma’s 988 Mental Health Lifeline kicks off Super Bowl LVIII with a bold public service announcement during what is known as the biggest time of the year for highly-anticipated campaigns and commercials. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals.

Actor, Writer, Comedian and RYB Director Paul Scheer directed and starred in the campaign titled "Fake Happy" that features a series of short commercials from automotive and fragrance to sports and food. As Scheer transitions between the humorous roles, he drops subtle hints at his unhappiness as the campaign delivers a powerful message: “commercials are fake, what you’re feeling isn’t.” Ending with a call to action, directing attention to the 988 lifeline number, the campaign highlights the crucial importance of mental health awareness, even during America’s most humorous time of the year.  

Scheer said:

"We are showing you, in commercials — the one place where everyone is fake happy — what if they really said what was on their mind? That was something I wanted to be a part of. It’s something that’s so universal and so important for us to continue to talk about."


Macy Muirhead, Creative Director at Insight Creative Group noted:

"We’re constantly sold on social media or in Super Bowl commercials that everyone else is living a perfect life, but that’s not reality. We wanted to show Oklahomans that they don’t have to fake that they’re okay in a relatable, even funny, way."

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