Friends of RAW network

ABOUT

Mental health and suicide is a public health issue that requires a combined effort from all levels of government, health care systems, frontline health, community workers, workplaces, schools and other educational settings, community groups and the media, as well as individuals, families and communities.

Friends of RAW network has been created in consultation with key industry stakeholders, to address an unmet need from frontline workers experiencing individuals sharing the harsh impact of situational stressors and mental health challenges.

Friends of RAW aims to help individuals navigate the day-to-day situations they find themselves in by equipping them with the skills to understand and set boundaries, have safe conversations and know how to Recognise the signs, Ask the questions and Work together.

The network is designed to empower individuals to bridge the gap and be a conduit to connecting people to RAW’s support services.

Friends of RAW is aimed at front line works, business owners, live stock agents, cropping contractors, farmers, local community and groups who are impacted by or will come in contact with others who are directly affected by drought and need support to navigate their way through it.

To kick start involvement, we have an practical and tangible training session designed to up skill individuals to better navigate unexpected conversations and situations.

Upcoming Sessions
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Triabunna 11th June 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Triabunna on 11th June 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Northern Midlands 13th June 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Northern Midlands on 13th June 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Scottsdale 17th June 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Scottsdale 17th June 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - King Island 18th June 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at King Island 18th June 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Bruny Island 25th June 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Bruny Island 25th June 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Meander Valley 2nd July 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Meander Valley 2nd July 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Huon Valley 23rd July 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Huon Valley 23rd July 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Penguin 6th August 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Penguin 6th August 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Central Highlands 15th August 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Central Highlands 15th August 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Southern Midlands 20th August 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Southern Midlands 20th August 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - St Helens 17th September 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at St Helens 17th September 2024.
21.07.2023
Friends of RAW Upcoming Session - Gladstone 1st October 2024
Make a difference with Friends of RAW. Upcoming Session at Gladstone 1st October 2024.
Join the network today
NETWORK FORM
To register your interest to join the network, please complete the following details. One of the RAW team will be in touch over the coming days with more information
Share with us about your field of work and why you believe you are the right fit for the network Eg: volunteer at a rural organisation, field service worker, etc.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
With thanks to the Tasmanian Government, RAW will be running free sessions at the following locations and dates. Please register your interest for one of the following sessions closest to you
Do you have any questions we can help answer when we get in touch with you?
FAQ's
What's involved?

The Friends of RAW network is designed to equip and empower frontline workers out in the field.


Initial commitment:

- Group training induction (half day)


On-going opportunities offered:

- Monthly online check-ins

- Quarterly online training (2- 3 hours max per session)

- Quarterly catch up's (face-to-face and/ or online Networking opportunities amongst group members and industry stakeholders)

Who can join?

We are looking for:

- Individuals who regularly engage with rural, remote and primary industry workers

- Individuals who work alongside rural, remote and primary industry community members (eg: field service workers)

- Individuals who find themselves engaging in indirect conversations around mental health and wellbeing

- People looking to be in a networking group with RAW

What kind of training is delivered?

Training delivered is tailored towards the situations being experiences day to day by people within the network.

Being a part of the network helps members be eyes and ears for RAW, to help increase capacity to support a greater amount of people through acting as a referral conduit.

This means that we want to ensured that members are equipped to deal with situations they may find themselves in.


We have likely each experienced someone wanting to talk about anything but the topic at hand, and often in rural and remote communities, conversations like suicidality, isolation and mental health are often bestowed on the front-line staff who have already built such a genuine and regular rapport.

Topics include, but are not exclusive to:

- Understanding situational stressors

- Recognising the signs

- Boundaries

- Engaging in safe conversations

- Referring to RAW support services


Topics will change and be adapted to the situations being experienced in real-time by network members.

What kind of support is there for me?

Through being a part of the Friend of RAW network, you will have regular access to RAW's support and help. You will also be a part of supporting your local community get the support they need during their challenging seasons.

*please note that this network does not replace your workplace EAP services or management. We will work in conjunction with you and your employer to ensure they understand the network's boundaries and purpose.


If you have any queries directly related to this please contact Lauren.

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