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

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 announced it will provide $1m for the Aussie Helpers Virtual Psychologist counselling service.

The announcement was the only one made by Malcolm Turnbull during his drought listening tour to parts of Queensland and NSW this week.

The service offers private, convenient mental health advice from trained professionals that people can access at any time of the day or night, from any location, and has been described as a literal life-saver in rural Australia.

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