More help for mental health

I welcome the Government's work on mental health, including more funding and raising awareness. Locally, I am committed to helping residents with mental health issues access help easily. 

Working with carers, Dementia Friends, and the Alzheimer's society I host regular Memory Cafes across the constituency. These cafes offer a place for those with dementia and memory loss to come with their families, friends, and carers, to chat, share a cup of tea and snack on some cake. We aim to show that people living with dementia are not alone, and can share their experiences with those trained to give advice and support. 

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Additionally, myself and my office team are all trained as Dementia Friends, so we can offer help and support to those in need. I welcome and support other local establishments becoming Dementia friendly, to increase awareness across Morley and Outwood. 

Mental health issues also affect our young people. I have hosted mental health round tables with charities and local stakeholders and written to the Secretary of State for Health with the aim to improve access to counselling in our local schools. I will continue to fight for improved provisions, and increased awareness, in order to improve the lives of people across our local area. 




Constituency Round Up (4.3.19)

I’ve enjoyed another fantastic and fast paced few days, back home in our local area.

On Friday, I hosted another of my regular Memory Cafes, and was overjoyed with the record attendance of over 30 residents.

Fantastic Success: March Memory Cafe

It was fantastic to see so many new faces and to catch up with regular attendees at my Memory Cafe here in Outwood Memorial Hall today. I am so glad that everyone enjoyed it, big thank you to the lady who kindly baked some delicious cakes for us all! (So much for my diet!) 

Upcoming Help & Support Events

Hi all,

As I’m sure you’ve seen I have lots of events coming up throughout March to offer a range of advice and support to residents on a number of topics.

Andrea Welcomes Mental Health Help For Young People

Earlier this month I visited Morley Newlands Primary during Children's Mental Health week.

It was inspiring to see the work that charities like Place2Be are doing to introduce mental health awareness and support for young people in schools.

Yorkshire Post: Caring For Our Children's Mental Health

Mental Health is one of the biggest challenges of our society and it affects children.

According to NHS data, one in eight (12.8 per cent) of 5 to 19 years old assessed in 2017 had a mental health disorder, the most prevalent being emotional ones.

Wakefield Express: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable festive period, and that you are, like me, looking forward to the year ahead. In my first article of 2019 I thought I would write about some of the things that are important to me.

Weekly Round Up

It has been another full week representing Morley and Outwood in Parliament, and I have had a busy time in our local area.