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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.


Safer Communities is a national leader in the delivery of Mental Health First Aid training. We design and deliver bespoke mental health education training programs for schools, workplaces and communities. Our mission is to raise the mental health literacy of communities through education, and create communities that thrive.


We have extensive leadership in Youth and Teen MHFA programs. Mark Smith, owner and founder of Safer Communities is passionate about improving the Mental Health Literacy of Australians.

Mark was a deputy principal for over 10 years in NSW secondary schools and special education settings and has over 30 years of experience working in schools and youth focussed organisations in the health and community sectors. Find out more about Mark and the team here.


A MHFA course delivered by Safer Communities will be expertly contextualised to your school or workplace, giving participants confidence and strategies to assist.


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


All content is highly PRACTICAL and EVIDENCE-BASED. To find out more about our evidence-based approach, check out the MHFA Australia website.


in-person and online

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

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mental Health First Aid Australia and Safer Communities have been busy developing courses that are accessible online. This allows your organisation to access quality training at a time and location that suits your needs. We use Zoom to deliver live instructor webinars, as well as self-paced learning modules developed by MHFA Australia. The online versions of MHFA programs are engaging, evidence-based and highly accessible. 


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 who are available to deliver training across Australia.

Meet the team >



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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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