Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
David Westgate


0412 388 276



Standard MHFA
Master Instructor
Blended Online MHFA Community
Blended Online MHFA Workplace
Blended Online MHFA Financial Service Professionals

Location Information

Sydney NSW 2072

States Available In

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia


I've built a successful life while battling bipolar 1.

So I know what it’s like to be driven by anxieties so strong I sacrificed weekend after weekend to needless work. To be so sleep deprived my keyboard sometimes resembled a soft pillow. And to perform brilliantly in a boardroom one minute, only to find myself crying quietly in toilet cubicle the next.

That said, I also know what it's like to live a happy, 'normal' life with a wonderful wife of 35-years, two beautiful adult daughters and a dog named Mac.

Consequently, I think I deliver a course experience that comes as much from lived experience as it does from a textbook.

I’m also a keynote speaker for the Black Dog Institute, serve on a mental health action group for the Australian insurer TAL, and have been interviewed by the Australian Financial Review and the ABC as well as appearing on the SBS show Insight.

Additional Information


Engaging, down to earth and knowledgeable, David is a brilliant MHFA instructor. He creates an open and supportive environment in the group and distils the information in a relevant and accessible way. Highly recommended.

Julianne Gardiner The Big Issue

I have just completed the Mental Health First Aid training, and am greatly appreciative of David for facilitating a fascinating and engaging course. David's warmth, openness, caring and humour make David an outstanding course leader. Thank you David for the important work that you do!

Jen Eason Finance Manager at JP Morgan

David is a fantastic facilitator who provides his own insights and experiences to deliver a highly engaging MHFA course. I would recommend this course, with David as facilitator, to anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of mental health and how to assist someone in a mental health crisis.

Claire March People Experience Manager, Envato

David was an engaging, thorough and helpful mental health first aid instructor. He was easy to talk to and he made us all feel comfortable to ask questions of all kinds, throughout the course. His presentation style made all the information straightforward to digest. The whole course was insightful and interesting. I'd happily recommend David, if you're looking for an MHFA instructor.

Rebecca Waddell Legal Counsel, TikTok