for thriving communities

Safer Communities offers Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and bespoke mental health education, with the aim of creating thriving communities, schools and workplaces.

We deliver the entire suite of accredited courses developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia.


All content is highly PRACTICAL and EVIDENCE BASED.

With an extensive background in the Australian education and school system, we specialise in providing services to schools and youth focused community organisations, but can deliver courses to any organisation in Australia.

Our mission is to raise the mental health literacy of communities through education, and create communities that thrive.


We offer accredited MHFA courses to help you build a stronger community, and meet obligations for managing mental health in educational and workplace settings.


that matches your team!

Alongside our range of MHFA Courses, we also provide bespoke training and consultancy packages to suit the individual needs of schools and organisations. 

Let's work together to create and deliver a highly engaging professional learning program to meet the aspirations of your school, organisation or community. 

Meet Mark Smith...

Founder & Principal Master MHFA Instructor

Mark Smith is an educational leader with extensive experience working in a diverse range of schools and disability or youth focused organisations. 

A special education teacher, head teacher and deputy principal for over 25 years, Mark delivers Standard, Youth and teen MHFA courses, and offers a broad range of consultancy services including coaching, mediation, advocacy and advice as well as individual case management.

Mark leads our talented team of MHFA Instructors are available to deliver training to you across Australia.

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Mark was the most engaging presenter of any course I have attended in my 40 years in education. He had the right mix of knowledge, experience and background combined with a personality that kept very heavy topics sufficiently light to digest."​​

Extremely engaging and covered all content with very good knowledge and practical stories.

Mark's knowledge in his presentation of this program was exceptional. He was able to apply the content to situations we may deal with in a school setting and this enhanced my confidence with Mental Health First Aid."


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The Evidence

Want to learn more about the  research evidence behind Mental Health First Aid?

Visit the Mental Health First Aid Australia Website


Safer Communities offers Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and consultancy to schools and workplaces. We are based in the Byron Bay Hinterland but travel throughout Australia.


Mark Smith 

Phone: 0413 684 350


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Youth Mental Health First Aid will contribute 14 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 6.4.2, 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


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