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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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British Academic visits UFS
2011-04-14

Dr Wayne Dooling
Photo: Gerda-Marie Viviers

Dr Wayne Dooling , a senior lecturer at the University of London in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), gave a lecture at the University of the Free State (UFS) on Tuesday. This lecture was presented in conjunction with the UFS’s Department of History. The lecture was on violence and Colonial Law in Southern Africa. “Dutch law was characterised by force and violence,” said Dr Dooling in his introduction of the topic. 

In his lecture Dr Dooling spoke about how Colonial Law worked and how the African legal systems were suppressed by European Law. “One of the biggest achievements European Governments sought was to get African societies and Africans to come around to European ways of wrongdoing,” said Dr Dooling .  He said that African courts did not just disappear; they continued to exist. The reason for Africans to use and rely on European courts was that they were dissatisfied with their own courts.  African laws were not fixed; they benefited only a few and were often violated.

Dr Dooling is currently an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the SOAS. He has authored two books, namely: Slavery, emancipation and Colonial rule in South Africa and Law and community in a slave society.

14 April 2011

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