In 2011, my father went into our local hospital for a routine operation. Whilst there, he contracted the superbug MRSA and died. This ignited a passion in me to fight to improve the NHS and healthcare for all.
Over the years, I have been involved in charities and organisations to improve our health service but also to increase awareness, as I know that prevention will help take some of the burden off the NHS and ensure those in need of urgent care can receive it quickly.
I am pleased to be holding a Health Fair in Morley Town Hall this upcoming Friday (8th March). We have a wide range of stall holders that can offer advice regarding long term and serious illnesses, support for mental health, or information about local leisure and exercise organisations.
This event is free for all residents, so why not pop in and see us on Friday between 11:30am and 2pm. I hope this event will help support residents with illness, help keep people fit, and raise awareness of symptoms so people can be aware of when a trip to the Doctors may be required. Overall, I hope it will help all of us lead healthier and happier lives.
Mental Health is a focus of mine locally, and I look forward to hosting a number of organisations and charities at the Health Fair that can help offer support and advice on mental health.
Last week I was pleased to welcome the Government’s announcement that school children will be taught how to look after their mental wellbeing, and recognise when classmates may be struggling.
I recently visited Morley Newlands Primary with the Place2Be charity, who raise awareness of mental health and support young people in schools. With a little boy of my own, I feel more than ever that it is vital we ensure young people have the knowledge they need to grow up healthy, happy, and safe.
Recently, I attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music, and discussed the benefits of music being taught in schools, and how music can help support the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
Before entering politics I taught music in schools and I was pleased that we also discussed an action plan on how we can ensure there is wider access to music in schools, especially to support the wellbeing of young people.
As always, if residents have any issues that they feel I can be of assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact me: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.UK