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Next Chapter Green Ribbon campaign addresses mental health
Members of Next Chapter and UFS Student counselling are working together to address mental health issues.

Next Chapter, a student support group at the UFS presented the Green Ribbon campaign, pledging their support to students and providing them with assistance in coping with life events that stimulate stress and contribute negatively to their mental health. The team aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health care, and continually assist students with mental health-related issues that they struggle with daily.

The Green Ribbon represents mental health awareness, which is a pressing matter for students and is the type of support students need in a stressful university environment. The campaign focuses on teaching students how to cope with life events that stimulate stress, and contribute negatively to their mental health.
 
A discussion by Dr Ancel George: practising clinical psychologist and lecturer from the UFS Department of Psychology, and Dr Mellissa Barnaschone: Director of UFS Student Counselling, took place, where talks were prominent about creating an inclusive environment for UFS students.

The panel shared a few tips on how students should work towards managing stress, and motivated them for the main mid-year examinations.
 
The follow-up Exam Cram Workshop, presented by Nadia Cloete and Lize Wolmarans, that combined time and stress management, took place on 2 June 2018, and saw students receiving advice on how to approach various issues during the examination period.
 
Mental health awareness does not end with the campaign and Next Chapter’s slogan “Your story continues” encourages students to regularly wear and commemorate the green ribbon in support of continual mental healthcare.
 
Should you have any enquiries or input for the ongoing campaign, contact the Next Chapter team on ufsnextchapter@gmail.com, or further email Tshepang Mahlatsi, founder of Next Chapter on tshepangmahlatsi767@gmail.com

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FS School of Nursing salutes its students
2008-08-28

 

The Free State School of Nursing (FSSON) in conjunction with the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Centre at the University of the Free State and the Department of Health recently held a Celebration Day to celebrate the role that RPL has played in the lives of students that gained admission in the four year diploma at the FSSON. The FSSON, the RPL Centre and the Department of Health took the initiative to develop an alternative learning/admission route for adults through recognition of prior learning in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 several adults gained access to the FSSON through an assessment of their prior learning and was granted the opportunity to develop themselves. At the celebration ceremony to salute different stakeholders and students for the progress they have made were, from the left: Mr Ben Mochwaro (Rector: Free State School of Nursing) and Prof. Letticia Moja (Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, UFS).

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