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VirtualPsychologist providing rural people with free counselling support through text message

As the drought continues to take its toll on regional communities, one innovative Aussie start-up is doing its bit to save lives by encouraging rural people to reach out for help through a simple text message. VirtualPsychologist is Australia’s first text counselling service, which provides free 24/7 support to anyone living in rural and remote …

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Overcoming climate change and healthcare problems with philanthropic dollars

Several years ago, Dervla Loughnane, a psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience, was called to a school because a student had committed suicide. Going through the student’s phone, Loughnane realised that he had not contacted anyone before ending his life. That was why she set up Virtualpsychologist — a 24/7 counselling service provided over …

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Aussie Helpers Virtual Psychologist given $1m for innovative SMS psychological access

After a concerted effort over a number of months, and in the face of increasing desperation by landholders facing relentless drought, the federal government has announced it will provide $1m for the Aussie Helpers Virtual Psychologist counselling service. The announcement was the only one made by Malcolm Turnbull during his drought listening tour to parts …

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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 …

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Powertec Telecommunications Announces CSR Partnership with VirtualPsychologist

Powertec Telecommunications Announces CSR Partnership with VirtualPsychologist Communications and connectivity experts, Powertec Telecommunications announced today that it has partnered with mental health service provider, VirtualPsychologist as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program. The partnership with VirtualPsychologist aims to improve awareness of the mental health services available to rural Australians.   Click here to read …

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The Australian Farmer Vol 2

Dervla started with her own mobile phone, but in the past three years her idea has grown into a fully-fledged program that is changing lives of rural Australians and farmers across the country. Known as virtual psychologist.   Click here to read more

Future Makers: Virtual Psychologist breaks down barriers to seeking help

Dervla Loughnane saw a need to establish new communication channels for mental health support. This was driven by the distress she and her team had witnessed during face-to-face and phone conversations about mental health issues. In some cases, it had led to suicide.Optus recognised the value of her Virtual Psychologist concept, accepting her solution into …

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Mental health startup Virtual Psychologist wins $72,000 to make counselling accessible: “Could we be the Uber of psychology?”

Gold Coast psychologist turned entrepreneur Dervla Loughnane hassecured $72,000 for her startup Virtual Psychologist, in a bid to makeit easier for people to seek mental health help in a comfortable andprivate way. Founded in 2015, the Virtual Psychologist application connects mentalhealth professionals with users, allowing them to receive on-demandcounselling via text message in a service …

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