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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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Vietnamese delegation visits UFS
2008-12-04

 
A delegation from the Department of Science and Technology in Vietnam recently visited the Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology at the University of the Free State (UFS) to learn from South African experiences in preservation and exploitation of genetic resources and to establish contacts for collaboration. Pictured are, from the left: Dr Dang Tung, Head: Department of Science and Technology, Vietnam, Prof. Martie Smit, UFS Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology, Dr Vo Van Long, Head: Department of Scientific Planning and International Collaboration, Vietnam, Dr Vu Nguyen Thanh, Deputy Head: Department of Microbiology, Vietnam, Prof. Niel Heideman, Vice-Dean: UFS Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Mr Arthur Johnson, Co-ordinator: UFS International Research Funding, and Dr Nguyen Quang Thao, Senior Specialist: Department of Science and Technology, Vietnam. Dr Thanh was a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Smit from 1994 to 1996.

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