Suicide prevention - rural and remote areas

What is available?

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned Rural Alive and Well (RAW) to provide suicide prevention services across rural and remote Tasmania.

The RAW program aims to provide:

  • effective and timely early intervention programs to reduce the incidence of suicide
  • promote help-seeking avenues for individuals, families and communities experiencing mental health and welfare issues in rural and remote areas of Tasmania

Who is eligible?

All rural and remote Tasmanian individuals, families and communities.

Where is it available?

All rural and remote locations across Tasmania, through a combination of Australian Government (through Primary Health Tasmania) and Tasmanian Government funding.

Not all services are physically delivered in every local community, but eligible people in the areas indicated have access to the services either face-to-face or through other means such as phone support. Speak to the service provider (below) for more information.

Who can make a referral?

Anyone can make a referral, with self-referrals one of the most popular methods. You can contact RAW via the details below.

What is the IAR level of care? (information for health professionals)

This is an Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) Level of Care 1 (self-management) and 2 (low intensity) service. More information about IAR is available here.  

How much does it cost?

These services are free.

I need help now. Where should I go?

Please note: Primary Health Tasmania does not deliver health services or crisis/emergency support. 

Your regular doctor should always be your first point of call if you need medical or mental health care.

  • In an emergency, call Triple 0 (000) for Ambulance, Fire or Police
  • For information about health services open at night, public holidays and weekends, go to: or call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.

The following helplines are also available for urgent assistance:

  • Access Mental Health (Tasmanian Government) 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling (after hours) 1800 811 994
  • Poison Information Centre 13 11 26
  • Rural Alive and Well 24/7 crisis line 1300 HELP MATE (1300 4357 6283).

Who provides the service?

  • Rural Alive and Well
    03 6254 1092
    03 6254 1097