Mrs Kelly Feng, of Auckland, MNZM, for services to health and Asian communities
Mrs Kelly Feng, of Auckland, MNZM, for services to health and Asian communities.
Kelly Feng established and led Asian Mental Health Services at Waitemata District Health Board. She then became National Director of Asian Family Services (AFS), a non-governmental organisation for gambling prevention and harm minimisation. She supported establishment of the Asha Programme, which supports South Asians who face gambling and related issues like domestic violence. She created Asian Wellbeing Services to provide non-gambling-related counselling, psychological interventions and psychoeducation. AFS then formed partnerships to provide psychological services within GP clinics and schools. To address high suicide deaths amongst Asian New Zealanders, Mrs Feng collaborated through AFS with mental health professionals to create Asian-language resource videos to reduce the stigma around mental health.