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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, or further email Tshepang Mahlatsi, founder of Next Chapter on

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UFS contribution awarded


From left are Mr Jaco Potgieter, vise-chairperson of the ATKV Bloemfontein branch, Mr Kobus van der Linde and Prof. Frederick Fourie.

The UFS presented a special centenary breakfast with the focus on a variety of campus art. Mr Kobus van der Linde, chairman of the ATKV Bloemfontein branch handed a plaque to the Rector, Prof. Frederick Fourie. The plaque is awarded to the UFS for its contribution as tertiary institution over the past 100 years.

To the breakfast were added discussions on campus architecture, song items, music and comical resitations by respectively Mr Kobus du Preez, Lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the UFS, Mr Thabo Hlongwane, a singer, Music Incorporated, Anneri Wessels and Alta Kriel, both Kovsie alumni and involved in drama part-time.


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