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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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International expert in forensic psychology visits the UFS
2008-08-29

 

Prof. Raymond Bull, an internationally renowned expert in investigative forensic psychology, recently visited the Centre for Psychology and Law in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Free State (UFS). Prof. Bull is head of Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) and is also involved in the training of senior investigators of serious crimes in the UK. The Department of Psychology at the UFS uses his books, theories and viewpoints to train students, especially when in comes to interviewing children and victims of sexual abuse. The Centre for Psychology and Law at the UFS is exploring the possibility of establishing a more permanent cooperation agreement with Prof. Bull. He also attended the conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders in Cape Town before returning to the UK. Here are: Prof. Bull (left) and Prof. Dap Louw, Head of the Centre for Psychology and Law at the UFS.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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