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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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The most international students for a UFS master's programme
2007-02-07

The Master's Degree in Development Studies, presented by the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State (UFS), this year once again boasts with the most international students registered for a master's programme at the UFS. The programme is designed for people working in a development-related context, or who intend to do so. This year almost 160 applications were received, from which only 64 were accepted. Of these 18 students are from Zimbabwe. There are also students from Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Namibia. The programme's first contact session took place recently. 


Attending the session were from the left, front: Ms Rosemary Kiragu (a student from Kenya), Prof Lucius Botes (Programme Director: Centre for Development Support at the UFS), Ms Jane McPherson (a student from Bloemfontein); back: Mr Godfrey Matimba (a student from Zimbabwe) and Mrs Dorie Olivier (Programme Co-ordinator at the UFS Centre for Development Support).

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