Kate Middleton admits no mum is immune to depression and anxiety in candid comments

Kate Middleton admits no mum is immune to depression and anxiety in candid comments


Kate Middleton has addressed ‘depression and anxiety’, when it comes to childbirth and raising children, saying “no mum is immune”.

The Duchess of Cambridge brought awareness to the struggles that new mums can face in a powerful new video to mark becoming patron of Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA).

The 40 year old, who shares children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, with her husband Prince William, began the video saying that whilst the birth of a child is one of life's "greatest gifts", it can also be one of "the most challenging times" for families.

The Duchess said that no parent should face the difficulties of facing childbirth and raising children “alone”, and spoke about how Maternal Mental Health Alliance week is about the "power and importance of connection”.

She said: "The past couple of years have reminded us just how much we need each other, and how vital our relationships are to our longterm health and happiness.

"This starts in the earliest years of our lives, when we need close and continuous care from the people around us, to nurture our development, and ensure that we get the right start in life."

Speaking about how having children can affect mental health, Kate said: “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."

She continued: “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 looked lovely in the powerful video, wearing a flower printed midi-dress from Max Mara, which retails at £630.

As she spoke confidently into the camera, Kate wore her chocolate-brown hair in loose curls and flashed the stunning sapphire and diamond engagement ring, formerly owned by Princess Diana, that was given to Kate when Prince William proposed in 2010.

Ending the video, Kate said she was "extremely proud" to become patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.

She said: “It's down to each and every one of us to support parents and carers, and all those who are raising children today.”

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