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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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Prof. Johan Grobbelaar named as Bloemfonteiner of the Year
2010-09-10

Prof. Johan Grobbelaar.

Prof. Johan Grobbelaar from the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) has been named as Ons Stad, Mimosa Film Group and ABSA’s Bloemfonteiner of the Year for 2009.

Prof. Grobbelaar is honoured for a total of 43 years’ loyal service to Bloemfontein and its people, as well as his invaluable contributions which brought Bloemfontein locally, nationally and internationally into the foreground. He has generated many firsts as well as awards in the field of research. According to Ons Stad, his leadership of the first two experimental research expeditions to Marion Island and other parts of the world has made him a true citizen of the world.

He is also Chairperson of the UVPERSU Union at the UFS and strives towards reconciliation, equity and equality. As one of the “architects” of the UFS remuneration model he has contributed thereto that the UFS’s salary negotiations are now the most successful of all higher education institutions countrywide.

Prof. Grobbelaar is also a Mangaung Councillor who campaigns for the best service to the Bloemfontein community.

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