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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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New career opportunities now possible with a degree in Computer Information Systems
2015-08-25

Are you a matric learner interested in a future career as systems analyst, IT manager, business analyst or IT entrepreneur? If so, the University of the Free State is the best place for you.

From 2016 the Department of Computer Science and Informatics in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences offers a new degree in Computer Information Systems.

The Baccalaureus in Computer Information Systems, or BCIS, is an exciting new degree that opens doors for the IT fanatic who wants to be a manager as well. Besides Computer Science and Informatics you will also receive training in the application of Information Technology in the corporate world with modules in Computer Assisted Programming, Systems Infrastructure and Integration, as well as Information Systems in organisations. To enroll for this course you need an admission point of 30+ and a pass rate of at least 50% for Mathematics.

Contact Jaco Marais at +27 (0)51 401-2929 or maraisj@ufs.ac.za for more information

 

 

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