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


The Big Blue Farmer

Oatlands community members are invited to the Launch of the Big Blue Farmer:

"Looking out for Each Other" Community Arts Project initiated by Tasmanian Griejte van Randen, Southern Midlands Council and Rural Alive and Well.

Wednesday 24 July 2019 

Official Launch at 1pm, followed by BBQ Lunch

Rural Alive and Well, 73 High Street Oatlands

RSVP for catering purposes 03 6254 1092

People from all walks of life are invited to help knit, weave and plait the clothes of the double lifesize Blue Farmer, which will stand at the entrance to Oatlands, with a hand above his eyes 'looking out', serving as a reminder for all of us to "Look out for Each Other". 

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.

The aim of the project is to remind all of us that good mental health helps us cope with stress, that we can help each other and that it is ok to ask for help when the chips are down. 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 structure from recycled farm materials. The farmers’ clothes are made from recycled bailing 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 the Oatlands community.  

Further information on the project can be found at:


Looking after yourself after traumatic events

Have you experienced a traumatic event?

The Tasmanian State Government has developed a fact sheet on looking after yourself after a traumatic event, available from the link below:


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


Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival 2019

Friday 12 July 2019 17:00
Saturday 13 July 2019 14:00
Sunday 14 July 2019 10:30
RAW is proud to be named the Charity Partner for the 2019 Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival that will run from 12-14 July 2019 at Ranelagh Showgrounds.

One of the key aims of the festival is about getting people out of their houses and connecting with their community during the winter months, which is an ideal fit as a supporter of RAW. The 2019 Festival will have the same well-known activities over the three-day event with donations being made to RAW as customers purchase their tickets. RAW will have staff at the Festival and will be available to provide information about their services that aim to improve mental health and wellbeing throughout Tasmania, to assist and support rural communities to respond to adversity, improve resilience and reduce rates of suicide. 

Join the Facebook event here.

Ticket purchases can be made here.

Image credit @ Natalie Mendham