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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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Open Day 2016 to feature best of Kovsies
2016-05-04

At this year’s annual Open Day on 14 May 2016 on the Bloemfontein Campus, prospective students for 2017 were able to apply for their studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) at an on-site application centre. The application fee has been waived. Assistance was also provided regarding the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs), accommodation in residences, and bursaries, amongst others.

A similar Open Day will be hosted on the Qwaqwa Campus on 21 May 2016. The programme can be viewed here.

The Open Day featured an official welcoming ceremony in the morning for parents and learners, with entertainment by the pianist, Charl du Plessis, as well as a laser show. The informal session for school groups featured the urban pop singer, Kyle Deutsch, as guest artist, as well as a laser show and a team-building session by TeamBo.

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