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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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Kovsie Xtravaganza is back!
2010-09-30

Kovsie Xtravaganza is back! On 12 October 2010 the students of the University of the Free State will blow off the roof in the Sand du Plessis Theatre with a variety of sounds, colours and great talent! The guest artists for the performance are the well-acclaimed Bala Brothers. Audience members can expect a production filled with wonderful vocals, contemporary songs, dance routines and fashion that will make you jump on your seat and scream!

The Xtravaganza is a show case of the best talent on Kovsie campus. Hip-hop and panzula dancers, graffiti artists, a student string quartet, jazz band, marimba band, various vocal groups and the winners of the campus serenade competition, as well as soloists that the Xtravaganza audiences have become used to in recent years.

Date:               Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Time:               20:00

Venue:            Sand du Plessis Theatre

Cost:               R100, at the PACOFS ticket office

For more information contact Corneil Muller at 082 551 6833.
 

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