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.

With an extensive background in the Australian education and school system, we specialise in providing services to schools and youth focused community organisations.


Mark Smith 

Phone: 0413 684 350

Email: mark@safercommunities.com.au

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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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Principal Master MHFA Instructor

Safer Communities is a leader in Mental Health First Aid training, with the aim of helping create thriving communities across Australia.


In addition to MHFA Training, we offer bespoke training and consultancy packages to suit the individual needs of workplaces, schools and youth focused organisations.

Founder and Principal Master MHFA Instructor, Mark Smith, can deliver your next staff professional learning session on any topic area relating to mental health. Mark also offers a broad range of consultancy services including coaching, mediation, advocacy and advice as well as individual case management.


In a 25 Year career in secondary education Mark has held significant leadership positions, including over 10 years as Deputy Principal. Mark has undertaken and reported on research around educational inclusion. Mark has been the recipient of a NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarship and an Academy Fellowship. 

Mark's expertise in delivering MHFA programs comes from deep insights into adolescent development, mental health and education. In 2018 Mark was appointed by Mental Health First Aid Australia as a Consultant Trainer of MHFA Instructors. 


Mark is highly engaging, utilises humour and shares extensive professional and personal narratives to enrich the experience of workshop participants.


"Excellent content in a well structured format that was easy to follow. Statistics were frightening but the underlying optimism in the treatment of mental health was a relief"