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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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Funding request to federal Health Minister met with ‘positive response’

We were swamped.” That was how psychologist, Dervla Loughnane, described the overwhelming response to the news that a texting counselling service had been launched for rural people in need. Announced by the Queensland Country Life at the start of February, it was hoped the Virtual Psychologist service, supported by Aussie Helpers, would save lives and that’s what

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City users flood text counselling service for rural areas

A VIRTUAL counselling service set up specifically to help people in rural and regional areas has soared in popularity since it launched two weeks ago, but not all users are the intended population. Virtual Psychologist CEO Dervla Loughnane said she had to double her staff due to the overwhelming response, but she was concerned that

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