Frayme Learning Institute 2024


February 21-22, 2024



What’s the theme this year?

What does it take to drive complex, intersecting and critical services into action within the youth mental health substance use sector? How do we inform new policies? What implementation methods are required? Most importantly, how do we ensure equitable voices and representation within design and delivery?

These are the types of questions we hope to answer at #Frayme2024. That’s why the theme is focused on driving expertise into action to create enabling contexts for policies, services and research initiatives across Canada. From climate change, and Artificial Intelligence, to medical assistance in dying and the implementation of a national suicide prevention line, this year’s Learning Institute will focus on topical and sensitive topics, with special consideration to effectively implementing policies and services that will support and address the many complex and intersecting issues that young people and their carers are facing on a daily basis.

We invite you to showcase your current projects, research and initiatives to support the national youth mental health and substance use system, and join us for two days of conversations, learnings and connections representing coast, to coast, to coast. 


How will it take place?

The 2024 Frayme Learning Institute will be delivered as an in-person event with accessibility in mind to ensure a space that will feel welcoming, safe and supportive for young people, advocates, service providers, researchers, clinicians, and policy makers alike.

As the previous Learning Institute was hosted in Vancouver, this year’s Learning Institute will be hosted in Ottawa, Ontario as a reflection of Frayme’s national mandate.

Can’t make the in-person event? Don’t fret - #Frayme2024 will be followed by a virtual shareback for all registrants, that can be accessed at any time, in any place that works best for you.

Who’s this event for?

All are welcome to attend the Frayme Learning Institute, however #Frayme2024 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, caregivers and advocates
Service Providers
System change-makers
Operational Leaders
Researchers and Academics


All submissions to the 2024 Learning Institute will be delivered in-person. Please check the list below to ensure your submission fits the all required criteria: Each workshop must be no longer than 40 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 January 3, 2023. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter whether their submission has been accepted.


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.

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Still curious about the Learning Institute?

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

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