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14 June 2018 Photo Supplied
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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Kovsies keep winning, this time in athletics
2015-04-23

Wayde van Niekerk

UFS sprinting star, Wayde van Niekerk, is stacking gold upon gold this season.

This past weekend within 72 hours, Van Niekerk won the 400m event twice. On Saturday 18 April 2015, the 22-year old claimed gold at the South African senior athletic championship in Stellenbosch. Only two days later, he also placed first during the Varsity Athletics event also held in Stellenbosch.

His time of 44.91 seconds over the weekend was just slightly slower than his national record of 44.38 that he slotted in 2014. On Monday night 20 April, his time was 46.08.

Van Niekerk ran only the 400m during these previous two events. However, next week he will compete in both the 200m and 400m events at the South African Student Championship.

Another (former) Kovsie athlete, Johan Cronjé, also won gold at the senior championship over the weekend. The 1500m runner was placed first for his eighth national title with a time of 3:37.93.

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