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