Times have been incredibly tough for farmers across Tasmania these past few months, we were hit with horrific dry conditions, followed by a dairy crisis and now some of the worst floods Tasmania has seen. Our Outreach Workers understand these crises and are ready to help those in need. We are a mate in the tough times, here to talk and provide information to see you through, forward you on to the right support services and provide you with support through thick and thin. Don't hesitate to call an Outreach worker today, have a look at our Outreach Workers here and phone the one in your area.To talk to someone now phone our hotline 1300 HELP MATE (1300 4357 6283).
Welcome to our new mates
Thank you for signing up, being a mate of RAW means you pledge to help reduce rural suicide in Tasmania, and to look out for family, friends and community members. You don't have to give money to be a mate, we just want to stay in touch and keep you informed of events, competitions, training opportunities and important info - you won't regret being our mate!
To all our old mates, welcome to our new look e-newsletter, we hope to be more engaging, keep you informed on what we are doing, and give away more freebies.
Welcome Nick Goddard
Nick Goddard has stepped into the role of Acting CEO until we transition into a new one, Nick says he is enjoying his time so far;
"It has been a privilege for me to have the opportunity to act as CEO and to witness firsthand the great work being done by the RAW team around the state.
"I have also been able to gain a greater understanding of the many challenges facing people in rural and remote communities.
"The floods have clearly had a devastating impact on many people and it has been heartening to witness the tremendous community response in which RAW will have a vital role in supporting the recovery of people deeply impacted by the flooding," Nick says. More about Nick
RAW events and training
Our Outreach Workers are busy this month, travelling around the state to bring you Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention training.
Jayne is hosting Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Training with Wendy French in St Helens; you can sign up by phoning the St Helens Neighbourhood House on 6376 1134.
John is celebrating Men's Health Day at the Deloraine Mens Shed, tomorrow June 16 and Martin's off to the Nubeena Community Wellness Expo on June 25.
Wendy French, our Community Resilience Facilitator won the 'Outstanding Contribution by an Individual' award at the Tasmanian LiFE awards on May 18. Wendy works hard across rural Tasmania, helping communities develop strategies to prevent suicide, we couldn't think of a more deserving winner. Read more about her project: Healthy and Resilient Communities.
RAW nominated Roger Hanson who also won an award, he is the rural reporter for Tasmanian Country and The Mercury. He won 'Best Practice for Suicide Prevention in a Workplace' award, for his stories on suicide prevention and mental health and well-being.
Hawthorn Competition - Winners announced
The Hawthorn competition was huge! We had over 350 entries at Agfest and almost 1,000 entries on Facebook. We hope all the winners enjoyed and will enjoy their game day tickets and Hawthorn memberships.
We will have more competitions in the future, and you, as our mates will be the first to know. RAW Promotions.
Give away - RAW bumper stickers
We have 20 x 'I'm a mate of RAW' bumper stickers to give away - let your friends know that you support us! If you would like one, reply to this email with your name and address, the first 20 people will receive a bumper sticker in the post.