Virtual Psychologist

06 Sep

MEDIA: Peta Credlin SKY NEWS 30/8/18 interviews Brian Egan of Aussie Helpers about farm crises

See below Brian’s recent interview with Peta Credlin… PETA CREDLIN:  Brian Egan who several years ago founded the charity Aussie Helpers, as a way to assist Farmers across Australia who have been doing it tough. As much as the country is still fighting drought conditions, and I know you know that all better than anybody, I sat down with Brian to get an update on how his team’s campaign is going, and what more can be done to assist those in...

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16 Jul

Ten Eyewitness News Queensland July 9 2018 Relentless drought and crushing isolation has seen suicide rates in the bush skyrocket.

Relentless drought and crushing isolation has seen suicide rates in the bush skyrocket. Our farmers and their families are doing it tough but there’s an unconventional service making a difference.     (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.0'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Exclusive: Unconventional Service Helping Drought-Stricken Farmers Relentless drought and crushing isolation has seen suicide rates in the bush skyrocket. Our farmers and...

08 Jun

Aussie Helpers Virtual Psychologist given $1m for innovative SMS psychological access

Aussie Helpers Virtual Psychologist given $1m for innovative SMS psychological access. Queensland Country Life-Sally Cripps @sallyQCL 6 Jun 2018, 5 a.m. Faced with a suicide rate twice as high in rural Australia as other parts of the country, governments have long grappled with the challenge of how best to deliver psychological counselling services in country areas. Photo – Sally Cripps. 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...

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21 Feb

UPDATE: City users putting a strain on “Rural Text Counselling Support Service”

Virtual Psychologist CEO Dervla Loughnane said she had to double her staff due to the overwhelming response, but she was concerned that some city users were detracting from services specifically designed to help country folk. “There has been a huge demand from rural areas but unfortunately we have seen some city-based people creeping in.” Dervla Loughnane The text messaging psychology service, which is funded by farmer support charity Aussie Helpers, provides 24/7 counselling and support for people in rural and remote areas. Rural...

Brian Egan of Aussie Helpers and Dave Church QLD Country Life article 20 FEB 2018
21 Feb

UPDATE: Virtual Psychologist Service with Aussie Helpers for Rural Counselling support

Since the new texting counselling service had been launched for rural people in need psychologist, Dervla Loughnane, stated it has been inundated with text support requests from Aussie farmers around Australia. “We were swamped!” Aussie Helpers launched the mental health texting service in January 2018 to save farmers lives who are living in rural areas and seeking fast mental health support is not possible. It is expected to be a huge lifesaver for rural Australia. Dervla Loughnane, who created the program, said the Virtual Psychologist business...

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