Melva and Barnabus from the live Melva show

Mental Wellbeing
Education, through
storytelling

MELVA is an award-winning, creative, web-based programme, designed to improve children and young people’s knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

Aimed at children aged 7-11 (Key Stage 2).

What is Melva?
Melva and her Grandpa from the Melva game
Melva and Barnabus from the live Melva show

Teaching your children the Melva motto:

Brave isn’t how you feel
it’s what you do!

Public Health England estimate that at least 1 in 6 children aged 7-16 are likely to have a diagnosable mental health condition. That’s an average of 5 children per classroom.

It has never been more important for us to find new ways to talk to and teach children about mental wellbeing from an early age; MELVA is a fun and impactful way to do just that. Focusing on early intervention, MELVA offers an innovative way to deliver RSHE curriculum and can be used to creatively enhance and support your whole school approach to wellbeing.

Melva is available to Primary Schools and Trusts everywhere.

This downloadable information pack gives you an overview of why Melva was created, how it works, what settings get access to, and the impact it could have on your children.

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Key features of Melva

Child-friendly language…

…enables open conversations about worries and anxiety in a way that doesn’t feel daunting or exposing and gives young people and adults a shared language.

Why Melva Works
A screenshot from the Melva game of Melva in a sweet shop

Engaging storytelling…

…supports young people to learn through fictional characters and apply this to their own life, helping them to self-reflect and develop empathy.

Why Melva Works

Practical activities…

which focus on early intervention teach children effective self-management techniques to be able to manage their physical and emotional responses before they become a significant problem.

Why Melva Works

Repetition and reinforcement…

…of key learning through different stories and approaches consolidate learning whilst keeping children engaged.

Why Melva Works

Fun and silly characters…

…make learning fun, which not only supports wellbeing through providing positive social experiences, but also increases children’s capacity for learning.

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Learning opportunities for teachers…

…ready-made resources, and chances to connect with other Melva schools help school staff feel supported through the process of tackling mental health topics in school.

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Embedded evaluation processes…

… provide you with valuable data to demonstrate the impact MELVA is having on your children’s knowledge, understanding, and general wellbeing levels.

More about Melva
Preview of the Melva Digital Portal on an ipad

Melva Digital Showcase: 16th May, 10am

The showcase is open to anybody interested in using, sponsoring, or commissioning MELVA for the next academic year, or who simply wants to learn more about the programme.

Click here to sign up

Testimonials

What people are saying
about Melva…

“The rewards are instant and long-lasting.”
Headteacher
“The programme is engaging to all, easy to use by the teacher and a lovely take on how PSHE should be shared in schools.”
Teacher
“I learned that being afraid of something doesn’t mean you can’t do it.”
Young Participant
“Thank you for providing a brilliant programme and one that the students love each year (and still talk about in Y8 when they are about to leave).”
Teacher
“As a sufferer of anxiety and a worrier from a young age, I can’t tell you how important Melva 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.”
NE family fun

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.

Perfect for Years 3-4!

Explore Scratchicle Town

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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Perfect for Years 4-5!
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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Perfect for Years 5-6!
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.

The game 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”
Headteacher

Not just fun and
games…

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.

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