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Saving lives one text at a time

https://abcmedia.akamaized.net/radio/local_newcastle/audio/201909/adf-2019-09-10-text-mental-health.mp3 The beep of a text message might seem like a simple sound, but it could save your life. The Virtual Psychologist is a text based mental health program connecting people who need help with dedicated professionals to provide counselling or hook them up with services. Dervla Loughnane is the CEO and she spoke with …

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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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Farmer’s recovery from depression which led to two suicide attempts shows cost of drought at family level

Country psychologists are in no doubt there is an unequivocal link ­between the drought and increases in suicide, suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety. It usually happens on Sundays or late at night, according to psychologist Dervla Loughnane, who helped Mr Germon mend himself emotionally. She said those times are when farmers have the most time …

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Mental health situation among farmers ‘desperate’ as drought worsens

Farmers are suffering through what some say is the worst drought they’ve experienced, with rainfall records showing it could be the most severe in 100 years. An Australian-first service offering free psychological help over text message for those struggling mentally has seen an uptake in those reaching out for assistance. Dervla Locknane from Virtual Psychologist, …

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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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How texting could help rural Kiwis with mental health issues

Listen to “Stuart MacIntyre on mental health text service for rural people” on Spreaker. An innovative use of older technology could help rural Kiwis struggling with mental health issues, says Stuart MacIntyre. MacIntyre, who has worked in the tech industry for 18 years, told The Country’s Jamie Mackay a service where users text a counsellor …

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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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