Melva and Barnabus from the live Melva show

Brave isn’t
how you feel,
it’s what you do.

MELVA is a fun and accessible creative intervention, supporting children (aged 7-11) and the adults in their lives to talk openly about – and better understand – their mental health, emotions and wellbeing.

Meet Melva
Melva and her Grandpa from the Melva game

Melva is available to Primary Schools and Trusts everywhere NOW. Download the resource below to find out more.

In the midst of this growing mental health crisis, with Public Health England estimating 1 in 6 children have a diagnosable mental health condition, it has never been more important to find new ways to support young people.

MELVA is a new practical, revolutionary way to do just that; it’s an impactful investment into mental health education, an innovative way to deliver RSHE curriculum AND can be used to creatively enhance and supplement The Thrive Approach.

Melva Digital Information Pack



What people are saying
about Melva…

“Melva is simply the best drama intervention I have ever seen […] the rewards are instant and long-lasting.”
“I learned that being afraid of something doesn’t mean you can’t do it.”
Young Participant
“As a sufferer of anxiety and a worrier from a young age, I can’t tell you how important the show is for young (and old) audiences.”
Audience Member
“The children love the character of Melva. The format is engaging, the game is attractive, and it explores topics like anxiety in a relaxed and fun way.”
Deputy Headteacher
“The game provides lots of practical and workable solutions for helping with childhood anxiety and everyday worries.”
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Key Features of Melva

Melva wrapped in a foil blanket

Normalising mental
wellbeing and ‘worrits’

What we call worries

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.

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A photograph from the live Melva show where Melva is pulling on some rope and some school children are watching

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.

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Melva, in the live Melva show, surrounded by school children

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.

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Children watching the Melva feature film in a classroom

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.

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A child playing the Melva game on a laptop

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

The Melva Package

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.

Great for schools

Explore Scratchicle Town

NEW FOR 2023/24

This new programme is designed to give young people in Key Stage 2 a basic introduction to the NHS 5 ways to wellbeing.

Learning is facilitated through short animations featuring different characters who live in Melva’s home town – Scratchicle Town – each representing different elements of the 5 key steps, followed by practical group and individual activities.

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Great for schools
Melva and Barnabus in the live Melva show

Melva's Mountain Adventure

Delve deeper into the topics of worries, anxiety, and self-management techniques through this digital theatre show.

In role as Mountain Rescue Trainees, children meet Melva Mapletree and help her on her adventure to overcome her worrits and find her Grandpa. The story is split into 5 chapters and spread across 8 lessons with wraparound activities which help children discuss what they’ve watched, apply it to their own lives, and learn techniques for self-management of their own worrits.

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Great for families
A still from the Melva game

The Quest for Barnabas Boggle

In this choose-your-own-adventure style game, 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 Melva’s Mountain Adventure story, with the emphasis shifting to exploring relationships and supporting others, whilst still looking out for yourself.

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A child playing the Melva game on a laptop
“The writer has covered every single element of our mental health training, totally at child level”

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.