The Duchess of Cambridge has been assigned an important new role

The Duchess of Cambridge has always shown an interest in mental health, maternal care and children. She’s been working on improving Early Years support for several years, as well as children’s and adult mental health alongside her husband Prince William for their Heads Together campaign.

Kate’s mental health work has stepped up even more now that she has been named patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. In a video message announcing the news, the Duchess said she was ‘extremely proud’ to take on the new role, adding ‘It’s down to each and every one of us to support parents and carers,’ and ‘no one is immune to experiencing anxiety and depression’ while raising young children.

The mum-of-three continued: ‘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.’

Kate’s new role was announced on 6 May, during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year focuses on the 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 long-term health and happiness. This starts in the very 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.

‘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.’

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In the video, the Duchess revealed 20 per cent of women in the UK reported experiencing perinatal mental illness, adding: ‘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 judgement and can access the information, care and support they need to recover.’

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a UK-wide charity that brings together more than 100 organisations to ensure women and families facing perinatal mental health challenges get the enough care and support.

The Alliance’s chairman, Luciana Berger, said in an Instagram post: ‘We are immensely honoured that The Duchess has recognised and chosen to support the MMHA’s work by becoming our Royal Patron. The Duchess’ longstanding dedication to the Early Years and keen interest in mental health marry beautifully with our aims; it is a perfect partnership.’