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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 registration process extended to 17 February 2017
2017-02-10

The registration period for all new and returning students on the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses has been extended until Friday 17 February 2017.
 
The extension is granted in the light of a request received from the Transitional Student Council on the Bloemfontein Campus, in consultation with the Student Representative Council on the Qwaqwa Campus, as well as a request from Universities South Africa (USAf) to universities around the country to extend the registration period due to NSFAS and funding problems experienced by students.
 
The registration process will continue in the Callie Human Centre and Examination Centre on the Bloemfontein Campus and the Nelson Mandela Hall on the Qwaqwa Campus until Friday 17 February 2017.
 
Students are advised that they will need to report to their respective faculties for academic advice before they can be registered.

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