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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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