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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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Agricultural students win rugby league
2008-09-26

 
With the inter-hostel rugby league something of the past, the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science at the University of the Free State (UFS) can boast with yet another achievement. Not only is it the only faculty with a rugby team competing in the league, but to crown it all the Agriculture team walked away as the winners of the third league.

The final was played on Friday, 12 September. Agriculture beat House Armentum’s third team with 18-14. In the semi finals of the previous week, Agriculture beat the third team of Reitz with 14-13. Starting next year, the Agriculture team will compete in the second league.
Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, is of the opinion that this is a good development that will open the doors for faculty houses which will bring about bigger student involvement on all levels.

Back, from the left are: Flippie Cloete, Koti du Plooy, Hugo van Wyk, Gert Lampbrecht, Tjaart van Tonder (captain), Werner Blom, Jean van Deventer, Ernst Bezuidenhoudt (vice-captain), Hendrik Heyns, Dirkie Strydom, Tommie Scholtz and Wollie Wolhuter. Front, from the left are: Theuns Theunissen, Johan Meyer, Hermie Louw, AA Swanepoel, Neels Wilken, Basie Heckroodt, Pieter Craig, Nelius Burger, Louis van Deventer, Hendrik Fourie and Graham O’Helly.

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