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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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Pledge your commitment to equality and the eradication of racism
2015-04-12

 

Over the past two months, Kovsie students and staff have united against racism, and embraced equality in the No-to-Racism/Yes-to-Equality Campaign. This initiative was launched in celebration of Human Rights Month on all three UFS campuses by the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, together with the SRC.

To put this vision into action, the Kovsie community can now pledge their commitment to equality and the eradication of racism at the UFS. Visit the UFS facebook page, and pledge your support electronically by liking the pledge poster.

Each of the campuses will also have the opportunity to come together and pledge their support publically on the following days:

Bloemfontein Campus: Monday 13 April 2015; Red Square; 12:45
Qwaqwa Campus: Wednesday 15 April 2015
South Campus: Friday 17 April 2015

At the Bloemfontein Campus pledge, staff and students can place their thumbprint on a canvas to endorse the campaign physically. Some t-shirts and hotdogs will also be available at the event.

The No-to-Racism/Yes-to-Equality Campaign is aligned with the declaration made by the UFS Council in November 2014, in which it was stated that “the Council of the University of the Free State believes very strongly in the human dignity, equality, and freedom of all people. Accordingly, the Council reaffirms its abhorrence of acts of racism, sexism, and unfair discrimination of any kind or in any form”.

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