These Startups Are Setting a Precedent in Catering to Mental Health Issues

Australia-based Virtual Psychologist is a startup that provides 24-hour counselling services to its patients. Founded by a Gold Coast psychologist turned entrepreneur Dervla Loughnane, Virtual Psychologist is the application that connects mental health professionals with users, allowing them to receive on-demand counselling via text message in a service Loughnane refers to as “the Uber of psychology”

The company secured $72,000 funding last year from the panel of Optus Future Makers Program, after raising $10,000 as the seed amount to complete the final product. The company is now seeing a 27% month-on-month increase in user utilisation and hours spent on the platform, according to Smart Company.

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