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    Call: 03 365 7777

    How to get there
    We are located at 401 Madras Street, Christchurch Central.

    You can enter our carpark from Madras Street; turn left just before the lights on Bealey Avenue. We have a drop off area at the front entrance for patients who may require this.

    Public Transport
    You can plan your bus trip from the Journey Planner on the Metro website.

    We have wheelchair parking and an accessibility ramp. Wheelchairs are available if you need them. We also have an interpreter service available.

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2022 Pegasus Health Workforce Development Scholarship recipient

Dena Makarious

Last Updated: 06 May 2024
Workforce Development Scholarship recipient Dena Makarious 2022

22 September 2022

University of Canterbury student, Dena Makarious, moved to Christchurch from native Egypt when she was eight years old. She is currently in her second year of a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

“From an early age, I knew I wanted to work in a field that enabled me to make a difference in people’s lives,” Dena said.

With this motivation, Dena initially studied in Auckland with a view of going into general practice or another medical field like optometry. While at university Dena became aware of the mental health struggles many of her fellow students were experiencing under a heavy workload and decided to change direction.

“I could see the empathy and support in place for those with a physical illness that people could see with their eyes, but I saw how lonely and isolating it was for people struggling with a mental illness and how those struggles were often invalidated and dismissed,” Dena said.

Dena’s Middle Eastern background gives her a unique view of how different cultures experience mental illness.

“Unfortunately, mental health is not well understood within my community. People often find that they do not reach out for support due to multiple barriers such as cost, language, shame, or stigma. Those who do reach out are viewed through western models and lenses that often do not fit. For example, depression can present in more somatic symptoms such as having a sore stomach, feeling weak, having sore muscles, and carrying tension,” Dena said.

“Even when seeing a professional, the idea of sitting and talking with someone is not necessarily seen as something that works for us,” she said.

Dena is passionate about working with youth and children, and people from her community as well as other cultures.