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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 Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences meets with SAATA
2007-03-28

The annual congress of the South African Agricultural Teachers Association (SAATA), held on the Paradys Experimental Farm of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS), was attended by principals and deputy principals of agricultural schools across the country. From the left are: Messrs Gerrit Viljoen (Chairperson of SAATA), Jannie van den Heever (representative from Limpopo), Bennie Trollip (Department of Education, Free State) and Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the UFS). Discussions also took place between the faculty and SAATA. One of the decisions was that participation in the annual national Youth Show will in future be part of the practical marks in the final exam of Grade 12 learners. The Youth Show is presented on the Paradys Experimental Farm.

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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