Asian Helpline provides nationwide free and confidential services from Monday to Friday between 9am-8pm. Our Helpline is available in ten languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and English.
Our Asian Helpline helps Asian people in New Zealand to access appropriate counselling support. Our counsellors provide helpful information and services to those who are experiencing gambling harm or COVID-19 related mental distress, such as depression and anxiety.
We receive over 3000 phone calls per year. Most people calls us to enquire about:
Our operators will provide up-to-date information to help all our callers. It is important to note that our Asian Helpline is not a crisis helpline. However, if a caller presents suicidal ideation, our duty counsellors will assess their risk level and provide appropriate interventions accordingly.
2020 COVID-19 National Psychosocial Campaign
Our Asian Helpline has been funded by the Ministry of Health to help our community through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently providing the following:
Call our Asian Helpline on 0800 862 342. We are available Monday to Friday between 9am-8pm. We have operators who can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi.
Chat with one of our professionals for confidential advice and support by phone or online messaging.
Culturally appropriate solutions
These counselling sessions really helped me. I would like to thank Asian Family Services for offering free and professional counselling services that enable us to express our emotional problems in our mother tongue and provide us with culturally appropriate solutions. Thank you.
Unemployment stress alleviated
This year was a grim year for people working in the tourism industry. I was under immense stress and suffered a lot of pain. I turned to AFS for help. After three sessions, I was relieved from the pressure I felt and I gained further insight about my mental health.
Inmate out of gambling addiction
I am still on my medications and reading the book on gambling that you sent me… When I gambled, it would lead me to steal and/or borrow money to support my addiction. I even lied… Your programme was a wake-up call and allowed me to realise the man I can become. I want to have a normal future when I get out… without any stress of gambling. I know I can stop gambling because of your support.
Counselling reduced my anxiety
Counsellor Jiali listened to me very carefully and helped me analyse my situation. Before my sessions, I had really bad mood swings and with her help, I no longer do. She taught me several exercises and breathing methods to better manage my anxiety and improve my quality of life.
AFS is a good old friend
Both you and Asian Family Services seem like good old friends to me. It is always nice to talk with someone like you. I can still remember how desperate and heart-broken I was when I made the first phone call to you. I was very lucky to have made that call… My voice was heard, my pain was felt and shared; the little “I”, the one in pain, was seen.
Counselling reduced my anxiety during COVID
Billy - thanks for your counselling sessions. My anxiety was definitely alleviated. Thanks for the guidance and for helping me to comb through my family issues to find the solution. I know that the lockdown has brought about more mental pressure for many people and would have increased your workload. Please do take care of yourself too. May we all be mentally and physically well.
A gambling client’s voice
Billy is patient and used step-by-step guides to help me understand things that seemed out of control for me…He gave me many examples of how gambling can negatively affect your financial situation and family relationships…He also gave me practical information about how to deal with my financial problems. He helped me decide what actions to take to manage my stress, anxiety and depression.
During the counselling, your attentive listening made me feel warm. When my words and my experiences was listened to and treated seriously, I felt like I mattered and that my issue mattered. You gave me advise carefully, you respected my opinions and you constantly communicated with me. I felt that you cared about my feelings. I felt respected.
Feedback from HomeStay NZ
Thank you so much for seeing XX. He has told us how helpful you have been to him and I was very happy to hear how successful his experience has been. I know that I can rely on AFS in the future if our students need further support.
Asian Family Services is contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide support for gamblers, family members and other people who are negatively affected by someone else’s problem gambling either in the past or at present. These services include one-on-one counselling services, couple counselling, group counselling and other social work services. These services are free to those who have been affected by gambling harm.
Asian Wellbeing Services (AWS) is part of Asian Family Services. Established in 2016, AWS provides professional and confidential psychological interventions and tailor-made psychoeducation and therapy workshops.
We are an experienced team of registered professionals offering a wide range of counselling and psychological services. Our team includes counsellors, art therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and addiction therapist. Our services are culturally appropriate and multi-lingual.
Fees may vary depending on the type of service provided (NZ $120-$180 + GST).
We offer consultations for: cultural adjustment, self-esteem, workplace issues and changes, life transition and personal development, and career planning
We offer counselling for: stress management, anxiety management, anger and conflict issues, family relationships, and couple relationships
RNZ interview about Asian mental health
Kelly was interviewed by RNZ to discuss and raise awareness about mental health problems for Asian people living in New Zealand.
Waitemata Local Board Good Citizens' Awards 2019
AFS received the Waitemata Local Board Good Citizens' Awards in 2019
Albert-Eden Board Award
AFS has been acknowledged by the Albert-Eden Board for our outstanding contribution to the Asian community.
AFS received an award for Outstanding Work from the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre for the time and skills taken to support the translation of COVID-19 information for Asian communities.