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Saving lives one text at a time

https://abcmedia.akamaized.net/radio/local_newcastle/audio/201909/adf-2019-09-10-text-mental-health.mp3 The beep of a text message might seem like a simple sound, but it could save your life. The Virtual Psychologist is a text based mental health program connecting people who need help with dedicated professionals to provide counselling or hook them up with services. Dervla Loughnane is the CEO and she spoke with …

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Mental health situation among farmers ‘desperate’ as drought worsens

Farmers are suffering through what some say is the worst drought they’ve experienced, with rainfall records showing it could be the most severe in 100 years. An Australian-first service offering free psychological help over text message for those struggling mentally has seen an uptake in those reaching out for assistance. Dervla Locknane from Virtual Psychologist, …

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How texting could help rural Kiwis with mental health issues

Listen to “Stuart MacIntyre on mental health text service for rural people” on Spreaker. An innovative use of older technology could help rural Kiwis struggling with mental health issues, says Stuart MacIntyre. MacIntyre, who has worked in the tech industry for 18 years, told The Country’s Jamie Mackay a service where users text a counsellor …

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