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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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SACOMM Conference at UFS
2007-09-14

The Department of Communication and Information Studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) is hosting the annual conference of the South African Communications Association (SACOMM). The theme of the conference is "The African Landscape"

Date: 19-21 September 2007
Venue: CR Swart Auditorium, UFS Main Campus
Time: Please refer to the attached programme

The keynote address, entitled "The concept of an African University", will be delivered by Prof. Achille Mbembe from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) on 19 September 2007 at 14:00.

Enquiries can be directed to Ms Mercia Coetzee at 051 401 2872 or 082 257 4566.

Download Conference programme (Pdf format)

Department receives sponsorship from ABSA Bank

The University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Communication and Information Studies received a sponsor of R20 000 from ABSA Bank. The department is hosting the annual national conference of the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) from 19-21 September 2007 on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein and the money will be used for the conference. During the hand-over of the sponsorship were, from the left are: Ms Mercia Coetzee (Lecturer at the department and organiser of the conference) and Ms Eloïse Calitz (ABSA Bank).
Photo: Supplied
 

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