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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 student named as SA Women's Hockey Player
2010-11-08

 Lesley-Ann George.

Lesley-Ann George, student and staff member in die Office: Corporative Liaison, Institutional Advancement and Sport at the University of the Free State (UFS), was named by SA Hockey as die South African women’s hockey player of the year. This is the highest recognition that a woman’s hockey player can receive in South Africa.

Lesley-Ann, the Vice-Captain of the Protea team, has this year already represented South Africa in, amongst others, the World Cup Tournament in Argentina en the Commonwealth Games in New-Delhi, India. At the latter meeting the Protea team came fourth.

We are absolutely delighted about Lesley-Ann’s se performance,” said Mr Frans van der Watt from KovsieSport at the UFS. He was also happy that the UFS could play a part in Lesley-Ann’s entry into international hockey. Lesley-Ann is the captain of the UFS women’s hockey team.

“It is an incredible privilege. Many of the other players also deserve this honour, because they have a good season behind them,” said Lesley-Ann.

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