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The Nook: Love Frankie offers escape for mentally troubled young people

Feb 12. 2020
Rebecca ‘Frankie’ Mok and Matt Love, founders
Rebecca ‘Frankie’ Mok and Matt Love, founders
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By The Nation

It’s been estimated that 2.62 million people in Thailand are dealing with mental illness in isolation. The lack of social support can worsen mental illness in multiple ways, including relapse, slow response to treatment, mood disorders and, in worst cases, can lead to suicide.

Young people are the most affected by this isolation, struggling due to a lack of networks and safe spaces where they might share their experiences. One million young Thais deal with clinical depression every day and 3.5 per cent of the youth population struggles with anxiety disorders, unable to reach out for help.

Social-change creative agency Love Frankie, in partnership with Acorn & Associates and TQPR, have introduced the Nook, a free-to-visit pop-up space that hosts workshops, sharing circles and coaching in wellness practices.

“Our own independent research looking into key barriers young people face about mental health in Thailand found out that many young Thais long for safe spaces to share and receive guidance, but there are very few such places,” said Love Frankie co-founder Rebecca Frankie.

Initially at Yelo House, the Bangkok warehouse-turned-creative space, from February 29 to March 3, daily from 9am to 8pm, the Nook will host more than 30 activities.

These will include art therapy workshops by Persona Studio and Labaai, group discussions facilitated by Aristotle’s Café, talks with experts like Amornthep Sachamuneewongse, founder of Sati App, and wellness activities led by Cat Lau, Karma Break and Mindful Sparks.

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