A few years ago Mel started developing a set of modules to help and support young people with stress. She had been visiting schools with various career programs and noticed how teenagers and children were finding it hard to manage their emotions. In order for younger children to engage with the program Mel wanted to create characters that represented the emotions, she was not great at drawing so chatted to Rebecca Dyer as she knew she was great at art.
After several conversations and doodles, Bruce was born. Over the next few months Mel and Rebecca had created characters for anger, happiness and sadness. Each character was introduced at the beginning of each lesson and the children loved them. There was a back story for each character and this helped to quickly engage the children in the lesson.
Andy helped both Mel and Rebecca through the logistics of preparing the book ready for print through his publishing company Boz.
The book is recently published and it’s hoped both Bruce’s adventures, alongside his helpful tips to manage stressful moments, will make a difference to young people’s lives.
In time it is hoped there will be more books with the other characters that Bruce helps and engages with. The two main characters in the first book: Breathe with Bruce, are Bruce himself and Sol, a sunflower who represents happiness. If you have children 3 years and upwards Mel and Rebecca feel sure they will enjoy the story, lovely images and want to follow the advice Bruce and his friends give during their adventures together.