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Our Work

The Ethnic Minority Well-being Centre is an initiative of the Hong Kong SAR Government, commencing in December 2023. As announced in the Chief Executive's 2022 Policy Address, a service centre will be set up on a trial basis to provide emotional support and counselling for ethnic minorities to further enhance the support for them.  


The Ethnic Minority Well-being Centre offers free one-to-one counselling available for all ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. 

The service is provided by counsellors and sessions are conducted in English, Hindi, Urdu and Nepali.


Some common issues our clients come to talk to us about are:  

  • Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)  

  • Anger Management  

  • Anxiety  

  • Behavioral/Mood Change/Depression 

  • Study/Career Issues/Unemployment 

  • Discriminations 

  • Family/Relationship Conflicts 

  • Grief and Loss  

  • Low Self Esteem 

  • Social Skill Building 

  • Stress 

  • Trauma 

In addition to providing counselling services, our staff also conduct awareness talks for NGO's and schools as well as capacity trainings for healthcare professionals. 

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Our Team

Our History

The Zubin Foundation has been providing free one-to-one counselling to the ethnic minority community since 2019  in English, Hindi, Urdu and Nepali. Initially seed funding was received by the Caravel Foundation to kickstart the programme, Phase 1.

In Phase 2, between 2021 and 2023, the focus was scale, professionalising and measuring impact. During this time  counselling was provided to close to 300 ethnic minority individuals, and our Advisory Committee for the Ethnic Minority Well Being Centre was established, comprising local and global experts, to guide us as we established service protocols and confronted difficult cases. During Phase 2, a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) took place by the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong and findings were published in the BMJ Mental Health Journals in August 2023.  ​


Phase 3 marks a new phase of the Ethnic Minority Well-Being Centre where the service is being funded by the HKSAR Government.

* Suen YN, Chen EYH, Wong YC, et al Effects of a culturally adapted counselling service for low-income ethnic minorities experiencing mental distress: a pragmatic randomised clinical trial BMJ Ment Health 2023;26:e300788


Shilpa Patwardhan

Lead Counsellor


Priya Agrawal



Rabia Siddiqi



Sindhu Nair



Munira Soni



Geetha Nagendra



Ashima Sharma


Our Advisors

  • Eric Chen, Emeritus Professor Honorary Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong  

  • Dinesh Bhugra, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Diversity, Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London and President of The World Psychiatric Association  

  • Yi-Nam SUEN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong

  • Paul Wong, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong and Programme Director of the Master of Social Science (Counselling) 

Our Sponsors

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