Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will use her platform to support mums and their mental health.
In a video shared to her YouTube channel, the Duchess has announced she’s now the royal patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance which is a U.K. charity working with over 100 organisations to provide care and resources to families impacted by perinatal mental health issues.
“We all know that pregnancy, childbirth and the first months and years of a child’s life can be hugely demanding,” Catherine, who is a mum of three, says in the clip.
“Parents often feel lonely and overwhelmed by these early years. Around 20% of women in the U.K. are reported to experience perinatal mental illness. Sadly, we also know that many more are suffering in silence.”
The Duchess, who holds patronages within over 20 organisations and regularly uses her platform alongside Prince William to bolster mental health efforts, adds that “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.”
Watch her full message below:
(Feature Image Credit: YouTube/Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)