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The International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) remains committed to active and meaningful engagement and participation with young people as part of its charter to change the way the global community thinks about young people’s mental health. We know that the uniqueness of our conferences comes from the broad range of voices that attend from across all continents.  

After postponing the 2021 conference due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we’re thrilled to be hosting the 6th IAYMH Conference, REIMAGINING | Youth Mental Health in Copenhagen, Denmark from Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October 2022, with local co-hosts Det Sociale Netværk who operate headspace services for young people aged 12-25 in Denmark.  

To support young people to attend and participate in the conference, IAYMH provides conference bursaries at four levels of support:

  1. IAYMH2022 Youth Bursary – International – conference registration, 2 nights accommodation and one return international flight.

  2. IAYMH2022 Youth Bursary – International – conference registration and 2 nights accommodation.

  3. IAYMH Youth Bursary – Nordic countries only – conference registration and 2 nights accommodation.

  4. IAYMH Youth Bursary – Nordic countries only – conference registration.

Note – Nordic countries include Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.

Key Dates

Applications for the IAYMH2022 youth bursaries have now closed.

Applications will be reviewed in April 2022.  Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be contacted in early May 2022.

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted via the form located on the IAYMH website.


COVID-19 Update

Due to local restrictions and directions, the IAYMH Conference organisers will be asking all attendees for information about their COVID-19 vaccination status and attendees may be required to show evidence of this on entry into Denmark and/or to enter the conference venue. At this stage, we are asking that you let us know your vaccination status. Your information will not be shared with anyone other than the application reviewers.

Organisational Support

We encourage organisations that attend IAYMH conferences to support young people that they work or engage with to also attend. This means that there will be some extra support (e.g.  financial or wellbeing)  available to the youth attendees who may not be as experienced at international travel. Please let us know if you have a connection with an organisation that will be attending IAYMH2022 and may be able to provide additional support to you.

Barriers to participation

(relative to opportunity)

We recognise that not all young people have the same opportunities to attend events such as IAYMH as others. We encourage applications from young people from all corners of the globe and from those with experiences that often result in barriers to participation. All answers to the below questions will be treated with the utmost privacy. We particularly encourage applications if you have experience with any of the following:

  • you have a lived experience of mental illness
  • you are or have been a refugee
  • you have been under the care of a government or authority (e.g. out-of-home care;..)
  • you have experienced homelessness
  • you are neurodiverse (e.g. have a diagnosis of autism, learning disabilities or ADHD)
  • you are of an ethnic minority
  • as a member of the LGBTIQA+ community, you’ve experienced sexual, gender or bodily diversity discrimination
  • you have experienced life hardship and adversity including but not limited to trauma or abuse

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants will need to meet the following additional criteria to apply:

  • You will be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of the IAYMH Conference (29 September – 1 October 2022).  Applicants may be required to show evidence of this.
  • You are passionate about making a change in the youth mental health sector, at a local, national or international level.
  • You are connected with a youth mental health or youth or education organisation (not essential), particularly if these organisations are planning or attending IAYMH2022.
  • You have submitted an abstract to present at the IAYMH2022 Conference (not essential but encouraged)
  • You understand that you will need to have funds or additional support to supplement the conference bursary (additional costs may include meals, local travel costs, entertainment, visa costs).  Please note that IAYMH is unable to provide guidance on how much additional funding may be required.

Additional information

  • All flight and accommodation arrangements will be made on behalf of successful applicants by the IAYMH Conference Organisers.  Funds will not be directly transferred to bursary recipients.
  • Successful applicants will be responsible for additional travel–related details, including but not limited to: 

    • arranging any relevant visas to enter Denmark and must demonstrate evidence of having received this prior to the bursary being issued.

    • arranging travel insurance and ensuring you are appropriately covered while in Denmark

    • having funds or additional support to supplement the conference bursary (additional costs may include meals, local travel costs, entertainment, visa costs, additional accommodation required beyond what is provided in the bursary)

  • (additional costs may include meals, local travel costs, entertainment, visa costs, additional accommodation required beyond what is provided in the bursary)
  • We recognised that access to COVID-19 vaccinations remains a challenge for many countries. IAYMH2022 will be required to follow all local (Danish) government directions at the time and may require all attendees to either 1) provide evidence of their vaccination status or 2) provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • IAYMH reserves the right to withdraw the offer of the bursary support.  For example, if IAYMH is unable to receive the required information from a bursary recipient within the specified dates.

Well-being support at the IAYMH2022 Conference

IAYMH will provide more details about well being support options at the conference and will facilitate the connection of youth attendees through a number of ways.  Details about these will be made available to bursary holders closer to the conference time.  It is important to know that IAYMH will not have the capacity to support individual well being planning prior with the bursary holders and young people will be responsible for ensuring their own support networks are available to provide support should they need it. 

 Types of support available to successful applicants:

  • Informal peer support from the Youth Executive Committee at the conference 
  • Facilitate connection to other youth attendees at the conference and prior to the conference via a private facebook group. 

Applications Closed?

Applications for the IAYMH2022 youth bursaries have now closed. IAYMH will be in touch with applicants in early May 2022.