What people are saying
Why Melva works
wellbeing and ‘worrits’
Melva helps children understand that they are not alone in experiencing ‘worrits’ – everybody feels this way sometimes and it is a normal part of life.
Giving young people a voice and vocabulary
Melva provides children and the adults around them with child-friendly, accessible language to talk about mental wellbeing and their emotions together.
Practical strategies to support wellbeing
Fun, creative and engaging games and activities provide children with a toolkit of simple self-care techniques and practical ways to manage their ‘worrits’ and understand their emotions.
Simple to use, readymade resource
Supportive user guides and accompanying resources help bring Melva to life in the classroom or at home, making the Melva programme easy for anybody to use and implement.
Ongoing positive impact through connection with others
The stories, games and activities in Melva provide young people and adults with shared experiences through which they can talk about mental health together – minimising the feelings of isolation associated with worry and anxiety
How Melva works
The power of
In the Melva programme, children go on a shared journey with Melva Mapletree, as she learns how to recognise, understand and manage her worrits.
By learning through Melva’s adventure – and the characters she meets along the way – children are given a vehicle to talk about, explore and learn openly about mental wellbeing, in a way that is accessible, non-exposing and practical.
The original Melva story is reimagined for film, with extra special stage and filmic effects to create magical moments not possible in the live show. The story is split into 3 episodes with wraparound activities, so children can take part from their classroom, anywhere, anytime.
The full-length film will also be available to watch at home or in theatres/cinemas for a limited time only. See our events page for upcoming screenings.More info
In this choose-your-own-adventure style game – Melva Mapletree and the Quest for Barnabas Boggle – children take on the role of Melva’s ‘Niggling Voice’, tasked with making the right choices to help find her missing best friend, Barnabas.
This Melva adventure follows on from the original story, with the emphasis shifting to exploring relationships and supporting others, whilst still looking out for yourself.More info
In the live theatre show, children are immersed in the original Melva story and its themes over the course of 1 day in their school. Children get an unforgettable, live performance experience, with opportunities to meet the characters and take part in pre and post-show activities that help embed learning.
The live show is not currently available, but you can sign up to our mailing list for future updatesMore info
Not just fun and
Melva is fun, creative, and incredibly engaging but, most importantly, it is rooted in legitimate mental health research and it’s proven to work.
The themes explored directly link to the current relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum, and the programme tackles real-life issues in a fun and accessible way.
About the project & its creators
Melva was originally created in 2017 by writer, Danielle Burn, as a children’s Christmas show.
The positive response from audiences was overwhelming, and feedback showed that watching the play helped families talk more openly about mental wellbeing.
In 2019, the play was developed into a robust intervention offer for schools, with new wraparound activities and a deeper embedding of Mental Health First Aid themes and strategies.
Melva is a
great option for
As well as being a great resource for schools, the Melva online programme is also available for families, individuals and community groups to use at home or in their setting. You can:
- Buy a family license for Melva Mapletree and the Quest for Barnabas Boggle
- Watch the full-length Melva feature film at a cinema, theatre or community venue near you.