Communications and connectivity experts, Powertec Telecommunications announced today that it has partnered with mental health service provider, VirtualPsychologist as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program.

The partnership with VirtualPsychologist aims to improve awareness and accessibility of the mental health services available to rural Australians through Powertec's range of connectivity solutions.

Powertec Telecommunications, General Manager Samantha Clifton says that Powertec are a leading company in the field of mobile communication technology, helping to educate the public about connectivity solutions.

“Over the years Powertec has grown and developed connectivity solutions whilst working with rural and regional communities. Regional communities lack mobile coverage, communication options in general, often have problematic access to healthcare and education, and they pay more than metro areas for many items.”

“Whilst we are part of the solution in the connectivity arena we want to contribute in other ways. Hopefully by supporting the social enterprise VirtualPsychologist we can make a small contribution to the issues in these communities,” says Ms Clifton.

VirtualPsychologist Founder and CEO, Dervla Loughnane, says that many people in the rural and remote community do not have access to mental health services.

“Due to their location, which may be many hundreds of kilometres away from the nearest mental health practitioner.”

“By offering 24/7 mental health support via text messaging we are able to reach a much larger portion of the population that find themselves in need of support.”

“We are really looking forward to working with Powertec Telecommunications, this partnership will allow us to increase awareness and the reach of our support services,” says Ms Loughnane.


For more information about Powertec visit www.powertec.com.au or call (07) 5577 0500

For more information about Virtual Psychologist visit www.virtualpsychologist.com.au or call 0404 032 249

Virtual Psychologist's Rural and Remote Services can be accessed via 0488 807 266.