A short course covering common mental health conditions affecting children and young people, and the first aid action plan for mental health. Qualification title: First Aid for Youth Mental Health Accreditation: First Aid Awards (SQA Level 5 SCQF) Certification: Valid for 3 years


  • Learners must be at least 14 years or over.  
  • Learners must have sufficient literacy skills to access the reference manual and additional learning materials.
  • Course delivery and learning materials are provided in English.
  • For any online sessions you will need to use a computer with a reasonable internet connection, working camera and microphone.


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

Course Syllabus

  • What mental health is, why young people develop mental health conditions 
  • The role of a First Aider for Mental Health
  • How to recognise and manage stress
  • How to recognise a range of mental health conditions:

- Depression

- Anxiety

- Psychosis

- Eating Disorders

- Suicide

- Self-harm


  • How to implement the first aid action plan for mental health


This course is suitable for anyone who actively connects with children such as parents, carers, teachers, youth group leaders and young adults.  Successful learners can act as a ‘First Aider for Mental Health’ in any environment which they may deal with young people. Learners wishing to become a ‘First Aider for Mental Health’ for adults may wish to undertake the ‘Level 5 SCQF Award in Leading First Aid for Mental Health’.

Delivery & Assessment

The minimum delivery time for this qualification is 7 guided learning hours.  You must attend all teaching hours and complete all assessments to pass the course.   Practical topics must be taught and assessed in the classroom.

This course is delivered using direct teaching methods, group discussion and scenario-based activities.  

Assessment includes a written question paper with a mixture of multiple-choice questions and open questions with short answers. There is also a practical role-play scenario which is completed in small groups.   NB - For online courses the written assessment is completed verbally via a 1-1 professional discussion with the tutor using video conferencing.

There is no grading of the assessment – learners pass or are referred for further training based on whether they meet the assessment criteria. 

  • You will be fully supported through all aspects of the assessment process
  • You must attend all teaching hours to qualify for assessment
  • Mobile phones and course books must be put away during the assessment
  • All submitted evidence must be your own work 


It is important that no learner is denied the chance to attend a training course due to a disability.   Our trainers are all experienced teachers with a background in support for learning.   We aim to make sure all learners have fair access to assessment and are given equal opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and practical competence, regardless of additional support needs, disabilities, temporary illness or injury or other adverse circumstances outside their control.

It may be possible to make a reasonable adjustment for a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need.   When determining whether  a reasonable adjustment is possible we are obligated to follow the First Aid Awards Reasonable Adjustments Policy.

This course will be delivered in English.  Learners with English as an additional language can make use of a dictionary or other means of translation to support their understanding. 

If you think you might need some additional support to access any part of this course, please let us know at the point of booking.  We will then get in touch to discuss your needs in more detail and any permitted reasonable adjustments will be managed as sensitively and confidentially as possible.

Please note:

Reasonable adjustments may require additional time and incur additional costs to the learner.

Reasonable adjustments can only be made where they don’t cause unreasonable expense, impact the wellbeing or other learners, or affect the integrity of the assessments.