Virtual Psychologist offers free 24 hour psychological counseling services to drought affected farmers via
Where applicable face to face. All face to face services will be requested through Aussie Helpers. In this case a mental health clinician will either be sourced from the local community or flown in from a regional town.
According to BeyondBlue it is well recognised that farming is a physically and psychologically-demanding occupation. In Australia, farming is now characterised by high rates of stress, injury and suicide. Understanding and developing interventions to promote mental health in farming communities is a matter of urgency.
In January 2016 Lions International agreed to fund a mental health pilot program aimed at providing mental health support to drought affected rural farmers in Australia. In conjunction with the well established charity organization, Aussie Helpers, founded by Queensland Senior Australian of the Year Brian Egan, an innovative mental health strategy was launched in conjunction with Virtual Psychologist. This service aims to offer psychological support and psycho education to drought affected farmers in remote areas via sms, email, phone, online chat and where required, face to face counseling on farming properties.