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for thriving communities

Welcome to Safer Communities, your leader in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and bespoke mental health education. We empower communities, schools and workplaces to thrive through improved mental health awareness.


Led by Mark Smith, an experienced educator with over 30 years in roles including deputy principal in NSW secondary schools and special education settings, we specialise in Standard, Youth and Teen MHFA programs.


Our courses are tailored to suit schools, workplaces and community settings, equipping participants with practical strategies for effective mental health support.


Explore our accredited courses developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia. Our approach is practical and evidence-based, ensuring you gain the skills needed to make a positive impact.

Join Safer Communities in promoting mental health wellbeing.


Discover more about our impactful training and services today.


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 a distinguished educational leader with a wealth of experience spanning diverse school environments and organisations dedicated to disability and youth services. Beginning his career in health, Mark has effectively implemented MHFA across a wide range of sectors and settings.


Renowned for his captivating presentations, Mark enriches MHFA training sessions with deep insights and a remarkable ability to engage audiences. Leveraging his extensive background, he skillfully incorporates humor and narrative to enhance the learning experience.


Mark leads our team of accomplished MHFA Instructors, ready to deliver training programs 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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