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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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