Become a program participant

RAW programs operate statewide in rural and remote Tasmanian locations. All programs operate with the same underlying evidence-based suicide prevention framework.

Anyone can call or make a referral to RAW, if they are worried about someone. Individuals can also self refer to become a program participant.


For individuals referring themselves,  it can be easier to call RAW on 1800 RAW TAS (1800 729 827 ) and complete the details required for a referral over the phone with staff.


RAW's intake team assess each referral to ensure it meets the necessary criteria and allocated to the correct program.


Key criteria includes but not limited to;

  • 14 years and above
  • Living in a rural and remote area
  • A first time user of mental health and wellbeing support services
  • Has limited support services available to them
  • Would benefit from practical short-term interventions


If the referral does not meet the criteria and is not accepted, RAW staff will contact the referrer to provide information on more suitable pathways and support options.

Read more about RAW's programs

Referral Form

If you still have questions, we have put together some of our most asked questions below. Just scroll down to read more. 

Please note: RAW is able to still reach out to people who haven't given you permission. This question just helps us identify the best way to approach and contact the person you are concerned for .
If you don't know their address, please indicate a general location or suburb
Please include here any information which may be useful as background information to assist with the referral
If yes, please provide details
If you aren't submitting this on behalf of an Agency or Organisation, please leave blank
Please tell us why you believe our service is right for the person you are concerned for, and how you hope that we might be able to help them
Please note: This action is pending the decision of the individual you are seeking to help

Program FAQ's

We have put together some of our most asked questions to help make it easier for you.

  • Where can I go to find more help? 
  • Do I need to be a farmer to access support?  
    • No. RAW can provide support to anyone in a rural or regional area 
  • Do I need to be a male to access support?
    • No. RAW services are available to all individuals living in a rural or regional area  
  • Can I self-refer?
    • Absolutely. You can self refer by calling 1800 RAW TAS (1800 729 827) or by filling out the referral form below. 
  • Do I need a diagnosis to receive support?
    • No. RAW provides non-clinical support, which means we do not require you to have a diagnosis before being able to access services or become a program participant. We can also assist you in navigating the appropriate clinical referral pathways if you wish. 
  • How old do I have to be?
    • You must be over 14 years of age to access our services. If you are concerned for someone younger, you can still call 1800 RAW TAS  and we can help  assist you in navigating the appropriate referral pathways for their age and needs. 
  • What are the waiting times to access support?
    • We have recently invested in some new staff members which means we no longer have any waiting times preventing you from accessing psychosocial supports. 
  • How much does it cost?
    • Our support services are provided at no cost to the participant. This is made possible due to the generosity of our Program Funding Partners.

      The only program that has a fee attached is our accredited mental health training courses.

  • Do you come to me for appointments and where do you travel to?
    • We can meet you anywhere you feel most comfortable. We travel anywhere in Tasmania, including its Islands 
  • Do I need to be suicidal to receive support?
    • No. Our model is based on a prevention first framework, so we would encourage you to contact 1800 RAW TAS if you have noticed any change in your mood no matter how small that change may be.
Still have questions? Call us 1800 729 827