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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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Information session: New company legislation
2007-03-06

The Department of Trade and Industry, in co-operation with the Centre for Business Law, Faculty of Law, University of the Free State, will present an information session on the Draft Companies Bill, 2007, in the C R Swart Auditorium, Main Campus of the UFS, from 10:00 – 13:00 on Thursday, 8 March 2007.

There will be ample opportunity for public participation and translation services will be available.

The Companies Bill, 2007, which envisages the repeal of the Companies Act of 1973, and the eventual repeal of the Close Corporations Act, 1984, has just been released for public comment with a view to expeditious finalization. This information session is therefore of the utmost importance for members of the auditors and accounting professions, legal professions, local and provincial government officials, the financial services and financial planning professions, banks and insurance companies, etc., who would like to stay abreast of the envisaged new legal developments in the field of Company Law and / or Close Corporations Law and / or to make inputs thereto.

The information session is open to the public and attendance is free of charge. Booking is essential and can be made with Mrs Riekie Erasmus (051) 4012451 (8:00 – 12:45) or Mrs Ina Malan (051) 4012319 (14:00 – 16:30).
 

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