About Us

Who We Are


Jillian Stringer

Jill Stringer (She/her) is a Ph.D. student living in Ontario researching post-secondary student mental health. She holds a master's degree in Public Health from the University of Guelph and an honours bachelor of science from McMaster University. 

Jill has several years of experience working in the public health sector and with national non-profits as co-chair of The Mood Disorders Society of Canada's National Youth Advisory Council, Board Director at Mental Health International, Groundbreaker with Frayme, National Delegate with Jack.org, and member of The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health. 

As a self-proclaimed life-long learner, Jill is passionate about multidimensional health promotion through an understanding of programs, processes, and policies at the intersection of psychological, physical, and social wellbeing. 


Stacie Smith

Stacie (she/her) completed a Health, Wellness and Recreation certificate at Eastern College in 2014, an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2020, and a professional degree in Education from the University of New Brunswick in 2022. She works at the YWCA Halifax as the Youth Programs Lead and is completing her Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. 

Recently, she was a Co-Chair of the Youth Advisory Council of the Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Services Review conducted by the NB Child and Youth Advocate’s office. She is also the founder of the Mental Health Student Support Network, a Groundbreaker with Frayme, Co-Executive Director of the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health and a co-lead of the Mental Health International Youth Advisory Committee (G1G). She is passionate about school food, food insecurity, youth mental health, and youth engagement.

Why are we so Passionate About IYS? 

As two early-career professionals who are working and researching in the same youth mental healthcare system we used, we recognize the potential of IYS from both sides. 

Frayme Groundbreakers

We are proud to be part of Frayme's Groundbreakers program – A National Lived Expertise Network of youth, caregivers, and mental health advocates. We share expertise in our communities, causes, and life experiences to contribute to systemic change in the Youth Mental Health and Substance Use sector.  This campaign was created through the Groundbreakers 2022 Knowledge Mobilization Fellowship.

You can find out more about Groundbreakers on the Frayme website, here