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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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American delegation visits UFS Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa)
2007-03-28

The Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa) in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) hosted visitors from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents and Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the United States of America (USA). Opportunities to establish co-operative research, training, outreach programmes and student exchange activities in southern Africa were discussed among others. From the left, are:
Prof. Zakkie Pretorius (Department of Plant Sciences at the UFS), Mr Matthew Lewis (Virginia Cooperative Extension), Ms Mary Ann Hansen (Virginia Tech), Prof. Wijnand Swart (Chairperson of CePHMa at the UFS), Ms Robyn Whittington (Virginia Cooperative Extension), Prof. Schalk Louw (Department of Zoology and Entomology, UFS), Prof. Erik Stromberg (Virginia Tech), Dr James Allemann (Department of Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences, UFS), Mr David Moore (Virginia Cooperative Extension) and Prof. Neal McLaren (Department of Plant Sciences, UFS).
 

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

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