Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Depression)People casually use the phrase, “I’m so depressed” to let others know that they are feeling down. But a temporary case of the blues — something we all experience — has nothing to do with real depression. True depression is not the blues, sadness or even grief. It is an overwhelming and enveloping despair so bleak and dark that people who have experienced it say that it is the worst pain they have ever endured. Depression is a treatable mental illness. Eight per cent of Canadians will experience a major depression in their lifetime. Young people are particularly affected with 20 per cent experiencing an episode of depression before the age of 20.The following links will provide you with more information on understanding Anxiety and the valuable resources and supports available in the Niagara community.Healthy Minds CanadaMood Disorders Society of CanadaMoods MagazineMood Disorders Support Group of the Niagara RegionSenior’s Wellness Group – Niagara RegionFor additional resources or to contact Health Management & Wellness, please visit them on Sharepoint. October 2-8 marks Mental Illness Awareness Week, an annual national public education campaign designed to help spread awareness and reduce stigma to the reality of mental illness. Established by the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 1992, it is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in cooperation with its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.As part of MIAW’s goal of raising awareness of mental illness, this is the first of three articles submitted by Brock University Human Resources focusing on resources available to Brock staff and faculty through their benefits, as well as resources and supports in the broader Niagara community.
Diversified mining and metals group Kumba Resources today re-listed on the JSE as Exxaro Resources, a result of the landmark empowerment transaction involving Kumba, Anglo American, the Industrial Development Corp and Eyesizwe Mining. Exxaro is South Africa’s flagship empowerment mining company and as South Africa’s largest black-controlled, diversified resources company, is well positioned to grow organically. Its existing operational interests in South Africa, Namibia, Australia and China and a strong project pipeline provides the group with a base for growth both locally and offshore. Speaking at the company’s listing event, Exxaro’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Con Fauconnier, said: “This is an extremely proud moment for Exxaro and for the industry in which we operate. Kumba Resources, Eyesizwe Coal, and now Exxaro have always been committed to creating a globally competitive South African mining company that fully reflects the country in all respects. Exxaro meets these critieria and we expect investors to acknowledge the value held within Exxaro and the exceptional potential of the company.” Exxaro is currently the fourth largest coal producer in South Africa and its mineral sands business is unique in being the only integrated producer from mine to pigment. The company is the only zinc producer in the country. The company holds a significant iron ore interest through a 20% stake in the Sishen Iron Ore Co, part of the Kumba Iron Ore group, which operates the Sishen and Thabazimbi iron ore mines in South Africa. Sishen Iron Ore is the world’s fourth largest iron ore exporter.Exxaro’s short-term strategy is to consolidate and integrate the assets, operations and projects of Kumba, Eyesizwe Coal and Namakwa Sands for maximum benefit and to optimise the potential synergies of the enlarged group. The company intends exercising an option offered as part of the transaction to acquire Namakwa Sands and a 26% stake in the Black Mountain operation and Gamsberg project from Anglo American. Exxaro’s CEO designate, Sipho Nkosi, said: “Exxaro is well positioned to leverage its employee expertise, strong operations base and growth pipeline to retain and further enhance its position as a leader in its chosen commodities.” The longer-term Exxaro strategy is to leverage the advantage it enjoys in South Africa’s Waterberg coalfield, where it has the only existing operating mine and high-quality reserves, and to satisfy growing domestic demand for power station coal, reductants and metallurgical coal. The ability to produce a full range of mineral sands products, global operations and high level of expertise lends itself to developing strategic opportunities.