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Meet our latest ambassador- Liam Hounsell

I was originally born in Harare –  Zimbabwe, I grew up loving sport, and anything creative or adventurous. I decided to pursue a passion of mine which was tennis, and look for greater opportunities in Adelaide, with my mom. It was tough leaving friends and family at first. However, I was fortunate enough to be coached

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Text-ting in the time of crisis – Supporting Global mental health during Covid-19

As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, Queensland e-health company Virtual Psychologist is leading an innovative approach to tackle the global psychological toll of Covid-19. Founded by clinical psychologist, Dervla Loughnane in 2015, Virtual Psychologist is Australia’s first text-based counselling service and is connecting mental health professionals with users via a text-based e-therapy platform. The application allows users

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Hopechat – Mental Health support for Globe employees Philippines

Virtual Psychologist is proud to be working with Globe in the Philippines to support their employees in promoting mental well-being. Please see the terms and conditions of the service which is currently only open to employees of Globe. TERMS AND CONDITIONS Hopechat, powered by Virtual Psychologist, is an on the hour mental health consultation platform

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Calling all Tagalog speaking psychologists, social workers and counsellors!

We are looking for qualified Tagalog speaking psychologists, social workers or counsellors to take part in a 3-month pilot program to deliver Text based counselling services to the Philippines corporate clients impacted by Covid-19. We need people that understand cultural sensitivities, are willing to learn and adjust to a new client relationship management system along

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Welcome to our academic #mentalhealthwarriors!

Virtual Psychologist has teamed up with the Queensland University of Technology to support 5 students of the Master of Information Technology degree complete their research for their industry project. The students all have diverse educational backgrounds, are all user experience (UX) majors, and will be prototyping a mobile application to be developed in conjunction with

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Welcome our newest #MentalHealthWarrior Dr. Mary Asic-Kobe

Virtualpsychologist is delighted and excited to welcome Dr. Mary Asic-Kobe as our clinical Director for Digital Services starting on Monday 6th April 2020. Mary is a Clinical Psychologist and has a vast array of experience in assessment and diagnosis, psychological therapy, cross-cultural counselling, clinical supervision, and organisational consulting. Mary has worked in both clinical and

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Meet Refactor, our second IT team!

The Refactor team are helping Virtual Psychologist with our development in the world of artificial intelligence and assisted technologies with the use of Amazon Web Services (AWS). We are really excited to explore how these technologies, in conjunction with AWS, can propel Virtual Psychologist into the future providing first class mental health support globally.

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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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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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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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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

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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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Isolated farmers urged to socialise with others at country festivals

Farmers fighting to survive one of the worst droughts on record are suffering in silence because they can’t afford the time or fuel to catch up with mates. Down a dirt track in the far-flung farming town of Purlewaugh, about six hours drive northeast of Sydney, grazier Steven Watters, 42, couldn’t remember the last time

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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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Aussie Helpers urges rural people to let their fingers do the talking

Aussie Helpers is launching a mental health texting service on Thursday morning that it expects will be a lifesaver in rural Australia. The brainchild of Zimbabwean expat, Dervla Loughnane, the Virtual Psychologist business is already connecting rural people with mental health professionals in a way that offers anonymity, convenience and an instant response.   Click here to read more

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