People praise 'perfect' patron Kate Middleton as she admits no mother is 'immune to anxiety and depression'

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6 May 2022, 13:15

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The Duchess of Cambridge is flying the flag for struggling mothers and mums-to-be suffering with poor mental health —  and people couldn't be more appreciative.

As the new patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA), which was announced during this week's Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, the duchess shared her support in a well-received video.

The duchess highlighted it was 'crucial for those struggling to be given the right support at the right time' and that society needed to help 'parents and carers, and all those who are raising children today'.

Kate added: "But we all know that pregnancy, childbirth and the first months and years of a child's life can be hugely demanding. Parents often feel lonely and overwhelmed by these early years.

"Around 20 per cent  of women in the UK are reported to experience perinatal mental illness. 

"Sadly, we also know that many more are suffering in silence. No one is immune to experiencing anxiety and depression during this time.

"It is crucial, therefore, that all those who might be struggling are given the right support at the right time, so that they're able to share these feelings without fear of judgment and can access the information, care and support they need to recover."

Kate continued: "Much of this vital work has been led by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, a fantastic organisation of which I am extremely proud to become patron of today.

"There is plenty more to be done. And it's down to each and every one of us to support parents and carers, and all those who are raising children today.

"Because by ensuring that the next generation of children can thrive, we can help to build a stronger, healthier and more nurturing society which benefits us all."

People took to social media to praise her work and new role. One user commented: "A fantastic choice as patron! Catherine's many years of working with children, families and in mental health gives her a great understanding of the importance of these years."

Another added: "Absolutely brilliant that we have awareness weeks and charities like this, soooo important for mothers and families. I am so happy you are now the patron. Goes right along with your early years initiative. Well done to the DOC!"

A third penned: "I’m so glad organisations like this exist. Pregnancy and motherhood is a such a HUGE change and tough on anyone’s mental health. Well done. The Duchess of Cambridge is a perfect patron."

One fan wrote: "The Duchess’ support for maternal mental health, children’s mental health, and the early years reflects her desire and dedication to making a difference for mothers and children everywhere. This is another perfect patronage for her!"