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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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Running not just for fun
2014-08-11

Running is not always just for fun – or even exercise. Running can also help to raise awareness for family, safety and social responsibility.

As part of the 2014 Intravarsity programme, the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Bloemfontein Campus organised a Women’s Day Fun Run for staff, students and members of the public. Proceeds of the 4 km race were donated to Families South Africa (FAMSA). This organisation highlights a safe and healthy functional family life as a national priority.

Although the event was marked with laughter and giddiness, it also focused attention on the university’s drive to make our campus a safe space – especially for our women. Those participants who best portrayed a message of anti-violence received branded t-shirts and beanies. Of these winners were a group of young ladies who used cosmetics to make themselves look assaulted. They each received the uniquely-branded merchandise displaying, ‘I’m a super safe super hero’.

The Women’s Day Fun Run reminded women to be aware of their surroundings and invest in their personal well-being. It also served to remind men to be respectful, watchful and actively involved in protecting the women and families in their lives.

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