Virtual Psychologist

TEXT support for rural workers
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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