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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 meets with Dihlabeng Municipality after the signing of a memorandum
2011-04-20

 
Delegates from the Dihlabeng Municipality and the University of the Free State met to discuss a process to outline the work after a MOU was signed in March of this year.

In March this year, the University of the Free State (UFS) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dihlabeng Municipality in the Eastern Free State to capacitate the municipality in their mandate to provide quality services to the residents.

At this event, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector, said: “Municipalities need expertise on research and sustainable development. They also need to train their councillors and staff and that's where we come in as the UFS.”

As result of this MOU, a team of about ten delegates from the Dihlabeng Municipality and Business met with a group from the university. The group from the university represented several faculties. At this workshop the delegates discussed school support and research, agricultural and rural development, skills development and financial management.

According to Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice-Rector: External Relations (acting), other areas will be discussed at a workshop that will follow later, after the local government elections.

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