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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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ABSA L'Atelier finalists announced at the UFS
2009-03-18

 
 The 24th Annual ABSA L'Atelier Art Awards winners of the central region were recently announced at the Johannes Stegman Gallery at the University of the Free State (UFS). Tax-C, an earthenware sculpture by Helena de Waal, ceramic lecturer at Motheo College in Bloemfontein, was selected as the best artwork for the central region. Other winning artworks were Memorial of Memories by Pauline Gertruida Gutter, The Disciple by Itumeleng Benette Moloto and Possession Walkway Interior by Marguerite Elizabeth Visser. The ABSA L'Atelier Art Awards Competition is South Africas most prestigious art competition. The competition is held annually for artists between the ages of 21 and 35 and it aims to recognise South Africa's young and upcoming artists and to afford them the opportunity to develop their skills abroad. Eleven prizes are awarded and the overall winner receives R100 000 in total from ABSA as well as a return air ticket to Paris, France. Pictured is Ms Helena de Waal with the winning artwork, Tax-C.
Photo: Emmie van Wyk

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