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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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Reach-out project for victims of crime
2005-10-07

The Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (UFS) and other subject fields such as law, criminology and psychology recently launched a reach-out project in cooperation with the Dutch Reformed Church Uitsig for victims of crime. A workshop was presented to create an awareness of victims of crime amongst the congregation and members of the community.

 

 

Some of the UFS staff who presented the workshop were from the front left  Ms Herma Foster (lecturer at the UFS Department of Criminology) and Advocate Beatri Kruger (lecturer at the UFS Department of Criminal and Medical Law)
Back left:  Dr Dawid Kuyler (lecturer at the UFS Department of Practical Theology) and Mr Jacques Jordaan (Psychologist from Global Solutions Limited).


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