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DEPRESSION IS REAL
How many have we lost to depression...
In Thailand, there are about 1,500,000 people suffering with depression. About 1 in 6 people are at risk of harming and killing themselves, while each year, there are sadly more than 4,000 successful suicides: with an average of 1 death in every 2 hours.
One of the main causes for suicidal thoughts is depression. Although it's a curable disease with non-intrusive treatment, many still couldn't get the access to treatment, partly simply because many patients don't know they have depression while others still lack of knowledge on the matter.
Although the government has been trying to inform the public of the disease, it's not enough. Therefore, private sectors should play their parts, helping to educate the public regarding the disease, its symptoms and its effects. This could help people who are suffering from depression access to treatments faster. And while raising awareness, we hope that we would eventually be able to help prevent more suicides.
Because every life is valuable.
Because even just one more life... is more than enough
MEET THE DESIGNERS
Founder and designer of RAQUE. Kalyakorn is a fellow depression patient, who started receiving treatment since 2016. Through her direct experience, she found the biggest obstacle to accessing treatment for depression is actually the lack of awareness and the right attitude
toward the disease and the patients.
With inspirations to do good deeds for others from late King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit, she decided to use her love for fashion to pay it forward to depression community.
Thanakorn has long been passionate about fashion. He lives and breathes designs and aesthetics. His dream is to follow the footsteps of those successful Thai fashion designers who paved ways young designers like him to the world market.
Patient turned co-designer, Praweena had long felt worthless since after a major accident that caused her life to turn upside down. There had not been a day she felt her life was worth living. However, since Kalyakorn invited her to help with various art projects, Praweena started to feel confident in herself again that she has not fallen into the same place she was. She found that getting back to designing helps her and having people cherish her work heals her. For this very reason, Kalyakorn decided to ask Praweena to join RAQUE for she can re-discover her true talents in textile design once again.