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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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UFS symposium focuses on troubled youths
2010-04-29

The Health and Wellness Centre at the University of the Free State (UFS) will present an interesting symposium on coping with troubled youths. The symposium is aimed at people working with youths between the ages of 12 and 18.

The symposium will take place on Saturday, 15 May 2010 from 08:30 to 13:00 in the BOK Auditorium at the UFS. The cost is R80 per person.

Dr Annette Prins of the centre says in the symposium attention will be given to alcohol and drug abuse, the juvenile delinquent and homosexuality. These behavioural patterns amongst youths influence a broad spectrum of issues, also sexual behaviour, that can potentially influence the further spreading of HIV/Aids.

The presenters are social workers Santie Froneman and Riaan du Plessis and psychologist Lindi Nel.

For further enquiries and to book, please contact Annemarie at 0861921921 or annemarie@z2a.co.za  or fax 0866559169.

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