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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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Workshop: Agricultural Research for Development in the FS.
2006-05-31

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Directorate Research Development at the University of the Free State (UFS) presented a workshop to discuss Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) in the Free State. 

The project is part of the institutionalisation of ARD within the South African education, research and development framework and is lead by a national ARD task team and managed by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in collaboration with the International Centre for Development Orientated Research in Agriculture (ICRA), based in The Netherlands.

Some of the guests attending the workshop were from the left:  Ms Lindie Botha (UFS ARD Coordinator), Ms Colletah Chitsike (Southern Africa representative of the ICRA), Mr Lephallo Ramotsabi (Project Manager of the National Development Agency), Mr Louw Steytler (Chairperson of Free State Agriculture), Prof Frans Swanepoel (Director: Research Development at the UFS), Mr Benedict Mokoena (MUCPP) and Dr Aldo Stroebel (UFS representative on the national ARD task team). Photo: Stephen Collett

Some of the guests attending the workshop were from the left:  Ms Colletah Chitsike (Southern Africa representative of the ICRA), Mr Lephallo Ramotsabi (Project Manager of the National Development Agency), Mr Louw Steytler (Chairperson of Free State Agriculture) and Prof Frans Swanepoel (Director: Research Development at the UFS). Photo: Lacea Loader

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