Mental Health Awareness Month

In the UK May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, an occasion for individuals and organisations around the country to open up conversations about mental health and highlight the ways in which individuals can reach out for support and support others in their community. The theme for this year’s annual Mental Health Awareness Month was anxiety, encouraging the country to share the ways they cope with feelings of anxiety and to bring awareness to a key area of mental health which affects us all.

“Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem. Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food. But anxiety can be made easier to manage.

Focusing on anxiety for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem. At the same time, we will keep up the pressure to demand change – making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society as a whole.” – Mental Health Foundation

At Central, the school marked the occasion with the return of alumna Nicola Kabera who gave a presentation on the theme of overwhelm to the current student cohort. The presentation focused on the particular stresses and anxieties that may affect dancers training or working in the industry today. Nicole graduated from Central in 2010 and went on to become Principal Dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. She now works with professional dancers to develop their self-confidence.

To read more about coping with anxiety and to access resources, visit the Mental Health Foundation’s website at

Use the links below to access further mental health resources: