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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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Business breakfast nurtures key partnerships
2014-09-05

 

Dr Reuel Khoza

In growing and nurturing key projects and initiatives, the university hosted more than fifty partners and alumni at a business breakfast in Sandton, Johannesburg on 27 August 2014. The occasion was conceived by Institutional Advancement in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Rector.

Discussions focused on the central role which institutional partnerships play in growing the university’s capacity to extend its reach in supporting schools and growing technologically-based educational tools for disadvantaged communities around the Free State and the country at large.

In his remarks, Prof Jansen thanked partners for their continued support and for joining hands with the university in supporting key projects and initiatives that have improved the level of education in the Free State, provided skills development and nurtured young leaders.

The guest of honour Dr Reuel Khoza, non-Executive Chairman of Nedbank and co-host Dr Marcus Ingram, Director of Institutional Advancement, discussed the role of meaningful leadership in the African context and social and political structures that are instrumental in developing future leaders. As stated simply but powerfully by Dr Khoza, “If not us, then who?”

In attendance were heads of corporations, key role players in partner organisations and NGOs, alumni and Corporate Social Investment specialists from leading financial institutions. 
 

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