Just a day after the tragic terrorist attack in London, Kate Middleton spoke on mental health with new mothers at London’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
On March 23, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a launch of educational films dealing with maternal mental health specifically. The films were created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of Kate, Prince William, and Prince Harry’s Heads Together Campaign.
Before the event even began, Kate gave words on the attack that claimed the lives of four people and injured dozens more on March 22. “Before I begin, I know you would all want to join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those sadly affected by yesterday’s terrible attack in Westminster,” she said. “We will be thinking of all the families, as we discuss the important issues we’re here to talk about.”
Kate went on to talk about the different mental health challenges that new moms are up against. Though she loves being a mom of two, she admitted that sometimes it can be hard, even with all of the support she has. “Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together,” Kate revealed. “Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.”
With this event, and her other endeavors with both William and Harry in mental health, Kate hopes to continue sparking conversation and awareness about the topic in the UK. It’s especially important for moms who can doubt themselves when it comes to providing for their kids. “There is no rule book, no right or wrong — you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family,” Kate said. “For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance. Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with their own mental health . . . Conversations are crucial for mental well-being and they should be part of everyday family life. Talking about a problem with a friend or another trusted person can be the beginning of getting better.”
I love just how much the royal family is involved over there. I know technically it’s a part of their job, but they really do a lot and seem so passionate about the charity work that they do. It’s really great to see!