Kerry Petrie and Makerita Siaosi – A Girl Called Hope

DEPRESSION – During this interview Kerry and Makerita discuss what depression looks like, different types of depression and how to recognise if someone is struggling. They explain the process and steps to take for getting help and being diagnosed with depression.


Depression can cause people to think a lot about death, dying, and sometimes cause them to want to die. If you are feeling like this it is important that you let someone know. This might be someone who is a friend or a family member but you could also ring the following numbers:

Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline  0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline  0800 611 116

Depression Helpline  0800 111 757 or free text 4202

Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234

Kerry Petrie and Makerita Siaosi
About Kerry Petrie and Makerita Siaosi

A Girl Called Hope is a non–profit organisation working with young women who face life–controlling issues and behaviour, such as abuse, addictions, depression, eating disorders, self-harm and unplanned pregnancy. They exist to provide a future full of hope and potential to every young woman – to show them that they are valued, purposed and above all have a reason to live.

Kerry Petrie – Executive Director
Kerry has a background in business and financial management having worked as a CFO for 8 years. She has been involved with A Girl Called Hope since 2004, and in 2006 accepted the offer to lead the process of establishing the first residential programme in Auckland.

Makerita Siaosi - Residential Programme Manager
Makerita Siaosi leads the team of dedicated practitioners. Makerita's role focuses on the day to day running of the Programme across all three phases: Intake, Residential and Transition Support. Leading a multi-disciplinary team calls on Makerita's skills and experience from study at Laidlaw College, business management, ministry in the Vineyard movement and specialist training in therapeutic work. She has facilitated Criminogenics rehabilitation programmes and then trained and worked in Family Therapy engaging young people with severe conduct disorder as well as their ecology.

LOCATION, Auckland, New Zealand