Frayme Learning Institute 2021

Frayme Learning Institute 2021

Defying Convention:

Spotlighting Alternative Approaches to Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Services

February 24-26, 2021

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What’s the theme this year?

This year, we’re all about challenging the status quo or what we think of as conventional approaches to providing YMHSU services and supports. The focus will be on providing a platform for the changemakers working to bring more equitable, youth friendly, accessible and innovative services to support youth and families in communities across Canada.


How will it take place?

The 2021 Frayme Learning Institute will be delivered virtually. The program will allow participants to access workshops, sessions, exhibitors and networking events at their convenience in the comfort of their own home (really, how can you beat networking in pajamas?).

Frayme is also working on a few surprise activities that will allow participants to network with presenters and each other in real-time, through immersive, interactive venues and spaces. Learn more about accessing the event here

What are the focus areas this year?

Frayme’s Learning Institute has multiple focus areas this year to align with the work of our network partners and Frayme’s impact areas. As a virtual event, you will have access to all the content and can pick and choose how to experience the event in a way that is customized to your preferences.

Creative approaches
This area will focus on alternative therapies and treatment that have been built by youth for youth. From film, gaming, and dance to VR, music therapy and cultural programming, this stream will bring together the latest practices, programs and supports across Canada that help youth through experiential design and implementation.
Grassroots and community supports
Sometimes having less resources, capacity and/or funding often breed grounds for creative solutions and sustainable practice. Grassroots and community supports refer to organizations and programs that are embedded within local communities and jurisdictions and have developed effective supports and practices through years of experience delivering YMHSU services. These services are exploratory and evidence generating through various evaluation methods.
Research and academia
A nod to the work happening to support practice through research this focus area is about evidence-based practice and initiatives that have been grounded in the latest research and academia. Whether it’s the latest innovations in virtual care, exploring holistic integrated youth services, or exploring how to embed equitable practices into YMHSU services, you’ll find it in this stream.
The Frayme Network
This focus area is all about showcasing the projects and work of our network partners that have been engaged with Frayme in the past year through our grant programs, projects and/or collaborations. We have some pretty darn spectacular partners in our network and we’re excited to amplify their work.
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Who’s this event for?

We’re always looking to make more friends at Frayme so anyone is welcome, however, the event will be most relevant to organizations/individuals that play a role in the delivery of YMHSU systems and services including:

Youth and family advocates
Service providers
System change-makers
Operational leaders
Researchers and academics

Call for Abstracts

Types of submissions

Three types of programming will be offered at the 2021 Learning Institute - virtual symposiums, virtual workshops and virtual poster presentations.

Virtual symposiums (approximately 20 minutes in length per presentation + 10 minutes for questions): Symposiums will feature presentations by one or more speakers that are didactic in nature, focusing on sharing lessons learned, key takeaways or specific learnings from a project, collaboration or initiative in the youth mental health and substance use space. Space will be reserved after each presentation for questions and comments from participants.

Virtual workshops (approximately 25-30 minutes in length per workshop): Virtual workshops will facilitate an interactive space for conversations, questions, and dialogue through audience involvement. If you're looking for feedback on your project, and seek to engage participants as co-presenters, or are hoping to stir up bold new ideas, then this option is for you.

Virtual poster presentations: Virtual poster presentations will showcase your project through a digital poster format with mechanisms that will allow participants to interact with authors and ask questions.

Eligibility criteria for submissions

All submissions to the 2021 Learning Institute will be delivered virtually. Please check the list below to ensure your submission fits the all required criteria:

  • Each workshop and symposium submission must be no longer than 30 minutes in length and (for symposiums) include time for questions and comments from the audience.
  • Submissions must relate to youth mental health and/or substance use and addictions services, supports and/or programs operating in Canada. Content around international youth mental health and/or substance use and addictions services, supports and/or programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Workshop and symposium submissions must include the input and expertise of either youth and/or family members either in the delivery of the workshop/symposia itself or in the work of the project being highlighted within the workshop/symposia.
  • Selections will be based on the following criteria:
    • relevance to the event objectives, content streams and Frayme's mandate;
    • clarity and coherence of the submission;
    • utility to potential participants;
    • consideration to meaningful youth and family engagement;
    • (for workshops) presence of interactive components;
    • consideration to equity, accessibility, inclusivity and diversity of the project/work.
  • Submissions are due via the submission form by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on December 18, 2020. Applicants will be notified within a month whether their submission has been accepted.

Support for submissions

Need help drafting your submission? Frayme is committed to ensuring equity and accessibility within all of our work. As such, we will be offering a workshop to develop capacity and provide helpful tips and tricks on submitting a project or drafting an abstract for conferences to ensure that all of our stakeholders have the support they need in this process. Please subscribe to our mailing to stay up-to-date on when this workshop will take place.

Frayme has also developed a F.A.Q document to specifically support youth and family who want to submit an abstract to #Frayme2021.

View Youth & Family F.A.Q

The call for abstracts is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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