Kate Middleton says no mother is immune to anxiety and depression

Kate Middleton has become a patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (Image: PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge has said no mother is “immune to anxiety and depression” and has said it’s crucial those who are “struggling” get the support they need.

Kate said mothers should get the “right support at the right time” and called on society to do its part, urging everyone to help “everyone who is raising children today”.

The Duchess made the comments in a video message recorded to mark her new role as Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA).

The MMHA is a UK charity and network of more than 100 organizations working to ensure that women and families affected by perinatal mental health problems have access to comprehensive, quality care and support.

News of Kate’s new patronage comes during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, which ends on Sunday.

The Duchess said the message of the week was about the “power and importance of connection”.

Referring to how difficult the pandemic has been for many, she said the past two years have reminded everyone of the role of relationships in long-term health and happiness.

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“We all know that pregnancy, childbirth and the first few months and years of a child’s life can be incredibly stressful,” Kate said.

“Parents often feel lonely and overwhelmed during these early years.

“Around 20% of women in the UK are reported to suffer from perinatal mental illness.

“Unfortunately, we also know that many more suffer in silence. No one is immune to anxiety and depression during this time.

“It is therefore vital that all those struggling have the right support at the right time, so they can share those feelings without fear of judgement, and access the information, care and support they need to recover.”

The Princess Royal, Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) (left) and the Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), receive flowers as they depart after a visit to their London headquarters. to learn how RCM and RCOG are working together to improve maternal health care and to meet with representatives from Tommy's National Center for Maternity Improvement. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Health. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Kate has made child and early life development a key focus of her public life (Image: PA)

The MMHA’s Everybody’s Business campaign is calling on all women in the UK who are experiencing mental health problems before, during and after pregnancy to receive the care and support their families need.

The charity says around one in five women will develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the first few years after having a baby.

It also says the pandemic has increased the risk that new and expectant mothers will develop a mental health issue that, if left untreated, can have devastating effects.

Kate said charities have worked together to raise awareness of the issues mothers face, but added there was “much more” to be done.

“Much of this vital work has been led by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, a fantastic organization that I am very proud to be a patron of today,” she said.

“Its a lot to do. And it’s up to each of us to support parents and caregivers and everyone raising children today.

“Because by ensuring the next generation of children can thrive, we can help build a stronger, healthier and more caring society that benefits us all.”

Kate has made children’s early childhood development one of the main pillars of her public role and her recent patronage complements the work she seeks to do with her Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood.

Luciana Berger, chair of the MMHA, founded in 2011, said the alliance was “honoured” Kate had become their patron.

“The Duchess’ longstanding commitment to the early years and keen interest in mental health align beautifully with Allianz’s mission to ensure that every mother, baby and family affected by perinatal mental health issues has access to the right care and support have,” she said.

“We look forward to working with the Duchess to make this a reality for all.”

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