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Text-ting in the time of crisis – Supporting Global mental health during Covid-19

As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, Queensland e-health company Virtual Psychologist is leading an innovative approach to tackle the global psychological toll of Covid-19. Founded by clinical psychologist, Dervla Loughnane in 2015, Virtual Psychologist is Australia’s first text-based counselling service and is connecting mental health professionals with users via a text-based e-therapy platform. The application allows users

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Hopechat – Mental Health support for Globe employees Philippines

Virtual Psychologist is proud to be working with Globe in the Philippines to support their employees in promoting mental well-being. Please see the terms and conditions of the service which is currently only open to employees of Globe. TERMS AND CONDITIONSHopechat, powered by Virtual Psychologist, is an on the hour mental health consultation platform exclusive

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Calling all Tagalog speaking psychologists, social workers and counsellors!

We are looking for qualified Tagalog speaking psychologists, social workers or counsellors to take part in a 3-month pilot program to deliver Text based counselling services to the Philippines corporate clients impacted by Covid-19. We need people that understand cultural sensitivities, are willing to learn and adjust to a new client relationship management system along

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Welcome our newest #MentalHealthWarrior Dr. Mary Asic-Kobe

Virtualpsychologist is delighted and excited to welcome Dr. Mary Asic-Kobe as our clinical Director for Digital Services starting on Monday 6th April 2020. Mary is a Clinical Psychologist and has a vast array of experience in assessment and diagnosis, psychological therapy, cross-cultural counselling, clinical supervision, and organisational consulting. Mary has worked in both clinical and

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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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Overcoming climate change and healthcare problems with philanthropic dollars

Several years ago, Dervla Loughnane, a psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience, was called to a school because a student had committed suicide. Going through the student’s phone, Loughnane realised that he had not contacted anyone before ending his life. That was why she set up Virtualpsychologist — a 24/7 counselling service provided over

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Future Makers: Virtual Psychologist breaks down barriers to seeking help

Dervla Loughnane saw a need to establish new communication channels for mental health support. This was driven by the distress she and her team had witnessed during face-to-face and phone conversations about mental health issues. In some cases, it had led to suicide.Optus recognised the value of her Virtual Psychologist concept, accepting her solution into

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