Courage to come back: ‘Stichandles’ through mental health recipient scandal

Vancouver (News 1130) – He was supposed to be at the top of the world. Instead, his world was falling apart. In 1994, Corey Hirch was living his childhood dream. He had just won a silver medal for Team Canada at Lilhammer’s Winter Olympics. Afterwards, he sipped from the Stanley Cup as a member of the New York Rangers. However, obsessive compulsive disorder filled his mind with suicidal thoughts.

“I always promised myself that if I got better I would tell my story and try to help others. Because when I wanted to be better I got nothing. ‘

It took Hirsch two decades to write a famous article for The Players Tribune website, but he shared his story.

“Twenty years ago, you didn’t talk about it, it was down the aisle, you know. Now, we have great medicine, we’ve got therapy, we’ve got great people ready to help. There’s no reason why you can’t get help.”

Hirch is the recipient of the Mental Health Award for Returning to the 2020 Adventure. Nowadays, Canucks fans know him best as a color analyst on the team’s play-by-play broadcast on SportsNet 650. However, Hirch is most proud of his mental health.

“Any NHL thing, any win I’ve got, that’s secondary to the work I do now,” he said.

“Any NHL thing, any win I’ve got, that’s secondary to the work I do now,” he said.

“Mental health affects us all. It does not discriminate. We need to educate our youth so that this next generation can put an end to stigma. ”

News 1130 is the proud sponsor of Coast Mental Health’s Courage to Back Awards, one of the largest fundraisers of its kind in western Canada. Covid-19 has severely affected funding for Coastal Mental Health and forced the closure of many services to help spread the coronavirus. This year, Coast Mental Health is dedicating the month of July to five extraordinary recipients who have had the courage and difficulty to return to their community, rather than a single event. Every Thursday in July, News 1130 will profile a recipient online and offline. For more information or to donate, please visit

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