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On Tuesday 9th October 2012, the Mental Health Commission hosted their annual Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards ceremony at the University Club of UWA. The Mental Health Commission celebrated organisations and individuals working in the mental health sector, recognising them for their dedication and innovative ideas at the 10th annual Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards.

With 12 categories ranging from prevention and promotion to improved outcomes in child and youth mental health and mental health employee of the year, the awards celebrated people passionate about making a difference in the field of mental health.

The Carers Association of Western Australia's Young Carer Program was honoured by winning the Dr Mark Rooney Award for Improved Mental Health Outcomes in Child and Youth Mental Health. This award was sponsored by The Commissioner for Children and Young People.  Finalists also nominated in this category were: Young Carer Camp - ARAFMI and the Chronic Pain Interest Group/Paediatric Consultation.

The award the Young Carers Team were presented with, was created by some amazing artists at DADAA and we would like to thank our anonymous artist for their beautiful creation. The meaning behind our award was described to us as: "One hand supports the other giving a strong base. They both support the child or youth. The child is relaxed, content and safe. The hands give confidence and comfort, a strong support base that will last long into the future." Please take a look at the picture attached!

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton congratulated all finalists and winners who set a high standard for raising the profile of mental health in Western Australia. "I am proud to be a part of a sector that is committed, passionate and dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness, their carers, family and friends," Mrs Morton said.

"They encourage individuals and organisations to continue to strive for excellence in their daily lives and work by enhancing the role of the WA mental health sector.

"The finalists and winners are shining examples of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication and I congratulate them all on their achievements."

The awards are the highlight of Mental Health Week October 7 to 14, promoting the theme, Celebrate, Connect, Grow, aiming to celebrate positive stories, connecting with others and growing our horizons.