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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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Reopening of the Qwaqwa campus
2007-03-09

The Qwaqwa campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) will reopen as from Sunday, 11 March 2007 and only registered students will be allowed back to the campus.

Students are requested to adhere to the following arrangements:

On Sunday, 11 March 2007, only fully registered students who reside in the hostels on the campus will be expected to report from 08h00 at the Nelson Mandela Hall for re-admission.

The Departments of Finance, Student Academic Services and Accommodation Services on the campus will be available at the Nelson Mandela Hall to assist students until 16:00. Resident students must also activate their student cards in the Finance Office at the Ground Floor of the Administration Building.

Non-resident students must report for classes on Monday, 12 March 2007. These students must however verify their registration status at the Nelson Mandela Hall during intervals.

The Qwaqwa Campus was closed on Thursday, 1 March 2007 as a result of
violence during a student protest.

Media release
Issued by: Anton Fisher
Director: Strategic Communication
Cell: 072 207 8334
8 March 2007
 

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