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 not for profit organisation helping individuals, families and the community through mental health issues with a focus on reducing the prevalence of suicide in rural communities.

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 and Training

We would like to acknowledge the significant impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on communities and individuals across the country and the world. Our thoughts are with those who have been directly impacted by this crisis.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of coronavirus the rapidly changing environment, all Mental Health First Aid Training and other courses that RAW run will on hold until further notice. We look forward to delivering these programs once again later in 2020. 

Training courses RAW delivers can be found here.

Stay safe and take care during this time of isolation and uncertainty and if you or anyone you know needs to talk to a mate please call 1300 HELP MATE. 

The Big Blue Farmer

RAW launched the Big Blue Farmer with the Southern Midlands Council in 2019. The "Looking out for Each Other" Community Arts Project was initiated by Tasmanian artist Griejte van Randen, Southern Midlands Council and Rural Alive and Well.

The Farmer will sit at the Southern entrance to Oatlands as a reminder for us all to look out for each other. The project has a focus on good mental health & wellbeing, and through a close-knit supportive community people become more resilient in tough times.

To date, Blue Farmers have now been installed in Oatlands, 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 Oatlands 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