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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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Academic to present paper at Cornell on the quality of soil
2009-04-01

Prof. Wijnand Swart, chairperson of the Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa) at the University of the Free State (UFS) will visit the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) in the United States of America next week. He is part of a delegation from the UFS that will be discussing potential institutional cooperation with the Cornell University. The topic of Prof. Swart's paper is “Soil quality: A South African perspective”. Prof. Swart will review certain unique aspects pertaining to South Africa's soil resources and land-use practices and how they relate to the challenges facing the country in terms of soil degradation, erosion, food production and poverty alleviation. He will also discuss various ways and means by which the South African government, and specifically the UFS, intends meeting these challenges.

Photo: Lacea Loader 
 Prof. Wijnand Swart

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