Let your fingers do the talking. Too embarrassed to talk, no time to see a counsellor? Why not text into one of our counsellors via text? Here is what our farmers are saying about our text messaging service:
The government has introduced funding for psychological services via telehealth for rural and remote regions. This will start on 1 November. Aussie Helpers in conjunction with Virtualpsychologist will be working with your local GP to provide further information and support regarding these services.
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Contrary to current media coverage citing Lifeline as leading the way in SMS service delivery, Virtualpsychologist, in conjunction with Aussie Helpers, were the first to deliver SMS counseling services. Since April 2016, over 1000 hours of TEXT message counseling has been delivered to Australian farmers and their families who have been affected by floods, drought and milk price wars.
Thanks to the innovative nature of Brian Egan, co founder of Aussie Helpers, funding was sought from Lions International to establish this hugely successful initiative. This innovative way of thinking explains why Brian Egan won Senior Australian of the year. With additional funding this may assist more people to engage in support via text messaging as a new channel of entry for psychological services.
These services are delivered by professional psychologists within VirtualPsychologist who all have a wealth of experience in the mental health arena. Furthermore Virtualpsychologist is working on the next stage of innovation and development using data trend analysis and Artificial Intelligence.
Due to the overwhelming demand for this type of service, Virtualpsychologist has expanded into the corporate sector and has been approached by other charity organisations to deliver SMS based psychological services.
Aussie Helpers- Brian Egan 0488123400
Virtualpsychologist- Dervla Loughnane 0404032249
After delivering services to a number of farmers it is time that I provided a bit of feedback!
Thanks to Aussie Helpers our service is getting out there nationally!
I have been asked a lot about the internet and mobile coverage of the rural and remote areas. With the national roll out of NBN and other government initiatives it is important to position ourselves on the front foot in order to respond to these technological changes and better service our rural and remote family.
Mobile phone services are available in urban areas, many regional areas, and along national and regional highways. Mobile phone services currently reach 99 per cent of the Australian population. Through the Mobile Black Spot Programme The Australian Government is improving mobile phone coverage and competition in regional and remote Australia. This involves a commitment of $160 million to deliver new or improved mobile base stations to further improve mobile coverage. More information on this campaign can be found at communications.gov.au
Had a great interview with Meecham Philpott of ABC Tropical North. It is taking me some time to get used to hearing my terrible voice on radio!!
Media release for radio. Thanks to Colin Hardy our first radio interview will be going out this week, Below are the details:
We’ll be going to air with the full version, this Wednesday (6th April ) here in Mackay on 4CRM and this Friday (8th April) in Inverloch, Victoria on 3MFM. Will also sent a copy to 3BBR, Drouin, Victoria for airing on a Friday.
Any feedback our requests please contact our media agent Colette Landolt on 0409 448 657.
We have officially launched and will be offering all SMS, phone, chat and email services to the drought stricken farming community. Although we have been live for some months now we have been flying under the radar. However our media agent is working on official press releases and we have radio interviews set for release this week. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Virtual Psychologist is excited to announce that our official launch date will be the 6th April 2016. We are currently in the final stages of testing and training. Today was our first media interview and we are finalising our official press release.