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This 1 day FAA Award in First Aid for Youth Mental Health qualification is suitable for anyone who actively connects with children such as parents, carers, teachers, youth group leaders and young adults.


This qualification has been designed with children and young people in mind covering areas such as depression, self-harm, eating disorders and bullying and will provide the knowledge and skills to identify a potential mental health condition, start a conversation, and provide support and guidance to professional help.

This qualification is regulated in the UK and awarded by First Aid Awards. FAA are an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual. The qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) 

Qualification Delivery 

The qualification has 6 assigned guided learning hours (GLH) and 7 hours total qualification time (TQT). GLH indicates the number of classroom contact hours that the learner will undertake. TQT includes GLH but also takes into account any unsupervised learning and is an estimate of how long the average learner will take to complete the qualification. The minimum classroom contact time of 6 hours can be spread over a maximum of 3 weeks. Each session must be a minimum of two hours. The class ratio for the qualification is a maximum of 16 learners to 1 Trainer/Assessor.


A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:

  • What is first aid for youth mental health? 

  • Identifying mental health conditions 

  • Stress 

  • Mental health conditions 

  • Drugs and alcohol 

  • First aid action plan for mental health

Entry Requirements 

The qualification is available to learners aged 14 or over. It is recommended that learners should hold a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or equivalent to undertake this qualification

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

A regulated qualification has set learning outcomes and assessment criteria. The qualification is assessed through a written assessment paper and the practical demonstration of the first aid action plan for mental health. Learners must successfully pass both parts of the assessment to be awarded the qualification. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.


This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will
need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.

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