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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 signs MOU with Binghamton University
2011-04-20

 
Dr Kathrine Krebs, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Office of International Programs at Binghamton University New York, Prof. Josephine Allen from Cornell University New York, and Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice-Rector: External Relations (acting) from the UFS, signing the MOU between the UFS and Binghamton University.

 The University of the Free State (UFS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Binghamton University to work together to develop academic and cultural interchanges, scientific research and other activities.

 

According to Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice-Rector: External Operations (acting) from the UFS, Binghamton University has hosted students in the Student Leadership Programme from the UFS in 2010 and will host another group in 2011. A group of social-work students from Binghamton University will also visit the UFS in 2011.

 

Other activities between the UFS and Binghamton University will include the identification of topics for joint research, followed by research activities; mutual invitations for faculty members to teach courses, conduct research, present lectures or participate in conferences, symposia and seminars; and staff exchange for institutional development purposes.

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