Frayme Learning Institute 2023

Frayme Learning Institute 2023


February 22-23, 2023   |   #Frayme2023


Please join us at #Frayme2023!

The Call for Abstracts is now open


What’s the theme this year?

It’s time to share your Great Big Story.

Building off the momentum of Frayme’s Great Big Stories Grant Program, #Frayme2023 will focus on showcasing stories of partnership, collaboration and knowledge sharing to improve the Canadian YMHSU system. Great Big Stories is all about supporting community organizations, our Network Partners, and Groundbreakers to share their stories about initiatives that are leveraging data, indicators and standards to increase inclusivity, diversity and equity through meaningful engagement. Whether it’s stories of youth working alongside researchers, practitioners collaborating with funders, caregivers and advocates informing policy makers or some mix of all the above - we want to hear and amplify the stories of how your relationships and partnerships have led to system transformation and effective, evidence-based services for youth and their families.

After all, a system that is connected, is a system that is more capable of achieving our ultimate goal - to ensure that all youth and their caregivers have the right support, at the right time, within the right context.




How will it take place?

The 2023 Frayme Learning Institute will be delivered as a hybrid event, mixing online and inperson activities so that attendance is not limited by geographic or accessibility factors. As the inaugural Learning Institute was hosted in Ontario, this year the in-person portion of this year’s Learning Institute will be hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia as a reflection of Frayme’s national mandate.

Can’t make the in-person event? Don’t fret - your experience at #Frayme2023 will be fueled by engaging and thought-provoking activities including workshops, plenaries and networking sessions, regardless of whether you choose to attend in-person or virtually..

Who’s this event for?

All are welcome to attend the Frayme Learning Institute, however #Frayme2023 will be most relevant to organizations/individuals that play a role in the delivery of YMHSU systems and services including (but not limited to):

Youth and Caregiver 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 2023 Learning Institute: in-person workshop, and poster presentations (in-person and virtual).

In-person Workshop (approximately 25-30 minutes in length per workshop): In-person workshops will feature presentations by one or more speakers and should include the audience through interactivity. These should focus on sharing lessons learned, key takeaways or specific learnings from a project that are transferable to other programs and initiatives. Workshops should also engage the audience through conversations, questions and dialogue. Presenters are also encouraged to indicate if they are open to collaborating or exchanging knowledge with others and specifically articulate how peers can reach out to express interest. Space should be reserved after each presentation for questions and comments from participants.

In-person and Virtual Poster Presentations: Poster Presentations will combine traditional posters from presenters with a twist! We encourage every submission to think about how they can engage participants in a meaningful way while they review your poster and incorporate elements of storytelling to showcase data and findings. Dedicated time will be made available during the Learning Institute breaks to allow for posters to shine, while a virtual platform will allow attendees who are remote to still engage with and view posters from the comfort of home.

Eligibility criteria for submissions

All submissions to the 2023 Learning Institute will be delivered either virtually or in-person. Please check the list below to ensure your submission fits the all required criteria:

Each workshop must be no longer than 30 minutes in length and 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 submissions must include the input and expertise of either youth and/or caregivers, either in the delivery of the workshop itself or in the work of the project being highlighted within the workshop. Frayme seeks to amplify youth and caregiver voices to increase knowledge equity throughout the YMHSU system.

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,safe, and quality youth and caregiver engagement;
  • presence of interactive components;
  • consideration to equity, accessibility, inclusivity and diversity of the project/work.

Submissions are due by midnight Eastern Time on December 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter 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 allyship 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 do not hesitate to reach out to our Knowledge Equity Team if you require support for your submission.


Still curious about the Learning Institute?

Check out this page to learn and see what went down last year at the Learning Institute to get a taste of what to expect.

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