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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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UFS contributes to prevention and combating of crime
2007-03-08

The Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) is going to establish an Institute for Judicial Excellence to make a decisive contribution to the prevention and combating of crime in the country.

This announcement was made today (Wednesday 7 March 2007) after the Symposium on Violent Crime by Judge Faan Hancke, one of the presiding officers of the symposium and Chairperson of the UFS Council. The symposium was presented by the Faculty of Law on the UFS Main Campus in Bloemfontein.

“This institute will have a multi-disciplinary approach which will not only involve the Faculty of Law, but also expertise from the Faculty of the Humanities and the UFS School of Management. Each of the role players will focus on a specific area,” said Judge Hancke.

According to Judge Hancke the Faculty of Law will focus on the training of lawyers involved with the administration of justice such as magistrates and prosecutors in Southern Africa, the Faculty of the Humanities will focus on research on the causes of crime and the UFS School of Management will focus on supporting the South African Police Service (SAPS) with management training.
“This proposal has already been approved by the Faculty’s Council and will now be put before the UFS Council,” said Judge Hancke.

Media release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl@ufs.ac.za
7 March 2007
 

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