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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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UFS Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team qualifies for national championships
2016-08-30

Description: Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team  Tags: Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team

UFS Qwaqwa Campus’ cross-country team that has
qualified for the SA Championships in the
Western Cape. They are, from the left: Malema Hlubi,
Lesedi Radebe, Moorosi Semase, and their coach,
Boy Soke.

The University of the Free State Qwaqwa Campus’ cross country team has had a successful season so far. The team has competed in the Eastern Free State Championships that were recently held in Bethlehem, where they qualified to compete provincially in Bloemfontein and eventually, nationally in the Western Cape.

During the Bethlehem meeting, rising star Moorosi Semase clocked 27:26 in the under-19 8-km category, whilst in the 4-km under-22 section Kovsie team mates reigned with ease as they occupied all four top positions. Malema Hlubi was the fastest in 11:13, followed by Lebohang Miya (11:33), Lindokuhle Miya (11:39), and Lebohang Tsotetsi (11:45). In the senior 10-km race, Lesedi Radebe and Bheki Sishi respectively came first and second. These results qualified them for the Free State Championships that were held in Bloemfontein on 13 August 2016.

In congratulating his charges, their coach and astute runner himself, Boy Soke said: “I am very proud of the achievements of these dedicated athletes. It is through their dedication and hard work that we have qualified for the National Championships in George in the Western Cape on 10 September 2016.”

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