We are a mate when the times are tough, we will help you through the bad times. 

Talk to us anytime, anywhere. 

Call 1300 HELP MATE (1300 4357 6283)

RAW (Rural Alive & Well Inc.) is a non for profit organisation helping individuals, families and the community through mental health issues with a focus on suicide prevention. 

We provide outreach support to rural Tasmania, as well as working with the community to undertake well-being initiatives. 

RAW’s outreach program is available 24/7, our outreach workers will come to you, or alternatively talk on the phone. We offer a friendly ear in a difficult time, and provide information, support and strategies to help, as well as linking you to relevant services that can assist. 

Our service is free and confidential. To talk to a RAW outreach worker now, call 1300 HELP MATE (1300 4357 6283) 

Our head office is located at 73 High Street Oatlands and can be contacted by calling (03) 6254 1092 or via email at admin@rawtas.com.au


Mental Health First Aid Courses

Sorell - FREE Non-Suicidal Self-Injury First Aid Course

NSSI course will provide participants with the knowledge of understanding why an individual engages in non-suicidal self-injury; what types of professional assistance is available; what to do if they suspect someone is self-injuring themselves; what to do if they find someone that is injuring themselves; how to help someone that is engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.

21 November 2019
South East Trade Training Centre
9:30am - 2pm with lunch provided

For bookings please contact RAW office on 03 6254 1092 or email adminassist@rawtas.com.au

St Helens - FREE Older Persons Mental Health First Aid Course

The Older Person Mental Health First Aid Course is for people aged over the age of 18 years working or living with older people (those aged 65 years and over). It provides skills and ways to work with elderly people who may be developing a mental health problem. 

10 & 11 December 2019 (2-Day Course)
St Helens Neighbourhood House
9am - 4pm with catering provided

This course is funded with thanks to a Hydro Tasmania Grant. 

For bookings please contact RAW office on 03 6254 1092 or email adminassist@rawtas.com.au

The Big Blue Farmer

RAW launched the Big Blue Farmer with the Southern Midlands Council at the end of July. The "Looking out for Each Other" Community Arts Project was initiated by Tasmanian Griejte van Randen, Southern Midlands Council and Rural Alive and Well.

Thank you to all community members, and Councillors and local politicians who joined us for the launch followed by a BBQ supplied by Rotary.

The Farmer will sit at the Southern entrance to Oatlands as a reminder for us all to look out for each other. The aim of the project is to remind all of us that good mental health & wellbeing, and a close-knit supportive community help us cope with tough times.

To date, Blue Farmers have been installed in Deloraine and Bothwell and a small maquette is on exhibition as part of the sculpture trail at Art Farm, Birchs Bay.

People from all walks of life in the local community have been involved in the project; local farmhands made the steel frame for the body. The farmers’ clothes are made from recycled baling twine donated by farmers, and have been knitted and woven by patrons at Agfest, residents at the Midlands Multipurpose Health Centre, Oatlands District High School students and members of the Oatlands community.

See more about the project launch here.

Looking after yourself after traumatic events

Have you experienced a traumatic event?

Do you feel you may be suffering from effects after a traumatic event?

If so, please contact Rural Alive & Well on 1300 HELP MATE (1300 4357 6283) 24hrs/7days 


Please use this referral form for all referrals to RAW. Once completed email to admin@rawtas.com.au