Kate, on why parents need to take care of their own mental health:
"Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times, it's also been a huge challenge — even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not," she said at the launch of Maternal Mental Health Films
at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "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. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost."
"And yet 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. For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance. … It's right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains," she continued. "It's okay not to find it easy. Asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness." (Photo via Government House NZ via Getty Images)