Kate Middleton is announced today as Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. The mother of three said it’s important for women and their families to find support when a baby is born.
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Future Queen Kate is today announced as a Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, the UK-wide organization that brings together over 100 organizations to help those struggling with mental health problems.
In a video marking her new role, during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week [2nd – 8th May] The Duchess stressed the importance of being able to seek vital support.
Kate, 40, a mother of three, said: “The birth of a child is one of life’s greatest gifts.
“But it can also be one of the most challenging times for many families and one that should not be faced alone.
“This Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is about the power and importance of connection.
“The last two years have reminded us how much we need each other and how vital our relationships are to our long-term health and happiness.
“This begins in the early years of our lives, when we need close and ongoing care from the people around us to nurture our development and ensure we get the right start in life.”
Statistics show that around 1 in 5 women in the UK experience a mental health problem during the pregnancy or in the first years after giving birth and it is believed that 70% of women hide or underestimate their pregnancy-related illnesses.
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Kate added: “No one is immune from experiencing anxiety and depression during this time. Therefore, it is crucial that all those who may be struggling receive the right support at the right time, so that they can share these feelings without fear of judgment and can access the information, care and support they need to recover. .
“Much of this vital work has been led by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, a fantastic organization that I am so proud to become a Patron of today.
“There is much more to do.
“And it’s up to each and every one of us to support parents and caregivers, and all those who are raising children today.
“Because by ensuring that the next generation of children can thrive, we can help build a stronger, healthier and richer society that benefits us all.”
One of the pillars of Kate’s work in recent years has been the early development of children.
In June 2021, the Duchess of Cambridge launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, which she hopes will raise awareness and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years, in order to transform society for generations to come.
Luciana Berger, President of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, said: “The Maternal Mental Health Alliance is honored and delighted that the Duchess of Cambridge has recognized and chosen to support our work by becoming our Royal Patron.
“The Duchess’s long-standing dedication to the early years and keen interest in mental health mesh beautifully with the Alliance’s mission to ensure that all mothers, babies and families affected by perinatal mental health issues can access to the necessary care and support.
“We look forward to working with the Duchess to make this goal a reality for all.”
Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week was first launched in 2017 by Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK (PMHP UK), a member organization of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.