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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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Enter your own Facebook safety video
2014-08-21

Safety is a priority at Kovsies… is it a priority for you?

Stand a chance to win an iPad (*Ts & Cs apply), a KovsieGear hamper and feature in our next Safety Campaign video.

All you need to do, is make your own creative video message portraying one of our top safety tips:

1. Do not walk around on campus wearing headset (earphones) – especially at night
2. Always have Security Services’ contact details with you in case of emergency
3. Don’t text while driving
4. When it is getting dark, start walking in groups
5. Don’t leave your car unlocked, it’s not safe

Remember – it is very important that your video must be in MP4 or WMV format and less than one minute long ...

Email your video to lotterS@ufs.ac.za  along with your student number and contact details before 5 September 2014. The winner will be announced on 12 September.

(*The iPad wil only be included in the prizes if the UFS receive at least 15 entries for this video competition ...)

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