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What would Melva do? Using ‘worrits’ to help pupils with mental health

A film, online game and associated resources are giving key stage 2 pupils the language and skills to have ‘open, honest and regular’ conversations about mental health, encouraging them to ask: ‘What would Melva do?’ Emma Lee-Potter finds out more


The last two years have taken a huge toll on children’s mental health and wellbeing.

It was estimated in 2017 that one in eight young people had a diagnosable mental health condition – yet five years later this figure is thought to be closer to one in six (NHS, 2021).

A recent survey carried out by children’s mental health charity Place2Be and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) reported an increase in emotional and mental health issues among pupils during the pandemic, with school leaders, teachers and support staff in primary and secondary schools seeing a rise in children’s low self-esteem, depression and sustained feelings of anger (2022).

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