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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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State of our campuses: Academic programme on all UFS campuses to resume on Monday 10 October 2016
2016-10-07

Changes to the UFS academic calendar

The academic programme on all campuses of the University of the Free State (UFS) will resume on Monday 10 October 2016.

Due to the extension of the vacation, the end-of-year examination will now start one week later and therefore end one week later.

The revised exam dates are:

Main end-of-year exam:


31 October-19 November 2016

Additional end-of-year exam:


21 November-10 December 2016

Timetables

The 2016 REVISED Main and Additional End-of-year examination timetables have been published on the UFS Web: http://www.ufs.ac.za/adhoc-pages/quick-links/official-timetables

Students can obtain personal examination timetables at Student Self-service: http://www.ufs.ac.za/kovsielife/student-self-service

Classes, tests, and practicals will be managed and communicated by faculties.  

The senior leadership of the university has taken all reasonable steps to secure the campuses and the campus community, and is monitoring the situation carefully. Should you feel unsafe in the coming weeks, please call the security helplines of the respective campuses.

Please monitor the official communication platforms for any UFS announcements on changes the university may have to communicate to you. These platforms are: UFS Facebook, Twitter, SMS, ‘State of our campuses’ email, and the UFS website.

Security helplines:
Bloemfontein and South Campuses: +27 51 401 2911 | +27 51 401 2634
Qwaqwa Campus: +27 58 718 5460 | +27 58 718 5042

Released by: Lacea Loader (Director: Communication and Brand Management)
Tel: +27 51 401 3422/2707 or +27 83 645 2454
Email: news@ufs.ac.za | loaderl@ufs.ac.za
Fax: +27 51 444 6393

 

State of our campuses #10: Impact of non-completion of the 2016 academic year on UFS students 

State of our campuses #9: Academic programme on all UFS campuses to resume on Monday 10 October 2016

State of our campuses #8:  UFS extends vacation as from 28 September until 7 October 2016, 28 September 2016

State of our campuses #7: All three UFS campuses will be closed today, 27 September 2016.

State of our campuses #6: All UFS campuses reopen on Tuesday 27 September 2016

State of our campuses #5: UFS campuses to remain closed on Monday 26 September 2016

State of our campuses #4: Decisions about the UFS academic calendar

State of our campuses #3: UFS campuses closed until Friday 23 September 2016 

State of our campuses #2: UFS Bloemfontein and South Campuses closed on Tuesday 20 September 2016 (19 September 2016)

State of our campuses #1: Academic activities suspended on UFS Bloemfontein Campus (19 September 2016)

 

 

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