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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, or further email Tshepang Mahlatsi, founder of Next Chapter on

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UFS announces new security measures

The management of the University of the Free State (UFS) today, 10 March 2005, announced the introduction of a security guard at each of the women’s residences on the main campus in Bloemfontein.

According to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Frederick Fourie, this step and other measures that are being planned are aimed at improving the overall security situation on the main campus. 

“The security guard at each woman’s residence will be on duty from late afternoon to midnight from Mondays to Thursdays and from late afternoon until 01:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,” said Prof Fourie.

Suggestions for further measures to implement security services at certain areas or selected pedestrian routes on the main campus will be considered early in the second term.  Following this, the main campus’ security strategy will again be discussed and reviewed as a matter of urgency.

“The aim of this all is to again strengthen and sustain the main campus, within reasonable limits, as a safe environment,” said Prof Fourie.

Issued by: Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Tel:  (051) 401-2584
Cell:  083 645 2454
10 March 2005

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