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.
We also provide bespoke training and consultancy packages to suit the individual needs of schools and organisations.
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 offers a broad range of consultancy services including coaching, mediation, advocacy and advice as well as individual case management. Mark holds a Masters Degree in Special Education (University of Sydney) and is also a qualified high school Science teacher.
Mark delivers Standard, Youth and teen MHFA courses. Safer Communities engages a range of talented instructors to deliver other MHFA programs.
Mark is able to provide high quality project consultancy for schools and educational systems across areas of educational leadership, special education, youth well-being and inclusive educational provision.
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."