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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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Workshops in copy writing
2005-10-06

The Department of Communication and Information Studies in partnership with the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State (UFS) this week presented several work shops in copy writing primarily for students studying Integrated Marketing Communication.

The course in copy writing presented at the UFS expanded in such a way that partnerships and interdisciplinary cooperation with other parties such as the graphic design school DCM, the marketing agency Twotone, two national radio stations, RSG and SAFm and the Department of Music at the UFS were formed. 

 

 

Some of the people involved in the interdisciplinary partnership who attended the workshop are from left Dr Angelique van Niekerk (Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the UFS), Mr Jacques Coetzee (Marketing Manager at RSG), Mr Jeré Möller (associated to DCM Graphic Design School and post graduate student in Media Language at the UFS), Ms Dalmé Mulder (lecturer at the UFS Department of Communication and Information Studies) and Mr Anton Esterhuyse (lecturer in Music Technology at the UFS Department of Music.


Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Strategic Communication Division
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
BLOEMFONTEIN, 9300
Tel:  (051) 401-2584
Fax: (051) 444-6393
 

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