Building healthy and resilient rural communities
Rural Alive & Well Inc. (RAW) is a not-for-profit organisation helping individuals, families and communities through mental health issues with a focus on suicide prevention. We reach out to rural Tasmanians, and work with communities to undertake well-being initiatives. Our organisation aims to reduce the rates of suicide in rural communities by assisting and supporting communities and individuals to respond to adversity through early intervention, facilitation and prevention. We have a commitment to service delivery built on trust, care, competence and compassion.
RAW’s journey began in 2006 when Founding Ambassador, John Jones OAM, convened several community forums in Oatlands, exploring the issue of suicide. He was concerned about the health and wellbeing of rural communities who were recovering from severe droughts, and the lack of early intervention and mental health support for rural people was having a detrimental effect.
In 2007, a Committee was formed to help farmers and rural community members who impacted by drought. The committee consisted of community representatives including the TFGA, Southern Midlands and Central Highlands Councils, Department of Health, Department of Primary Industries & Water, Salvation Army, local church groups, the 8x5 Wool Program, and other interested parties. The group continued to explore the issues around suicide, and educate the broader community on suicide prevention.
In 2009, Rural Alive & Well Inc. was officially incorporated, and soon after became a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity.