I’ve been fortunate to hear Corey Hirsch speak on mental health several times over the past two years. As a lifelong Canuck fan, I had fond memories of young, red-headed “Hirschy” tending the net for some decent mid-1990s Canucks teams. But I had no idea of what was going on inside his head, as he battled OCD and thoughts of suicide.
I do now. The Save of My Life is an incredibly honest and authentic look into what Corey experienced. It is unflinching in its description of his mental health, his personal tragedies, several pivotal moments, and a unique look at his inner monologue and thought patterns, something that helps readers better understand what he felt.
It’s his words, written in his voice, telling his story. Canuck fans know what Corey sounds like – we’ve listened to him call games on SportsNet for years. This is his voice, on paper.
If you’re struggling with your mental health – or love someone who is – take the time to read this book. It’s fast, it’s heartfelt, and it’s helpful. You’re not alone out there – and help is available.
About the only thing I didn’t like was Hirschy saying Mark Messier was a great guy and being excited when he signed with Vancouver – but that’s just me, a bitter old Canucks fan!
Thanks Corey for writing this. It’s opened my eyes to the experience of people with OCD.
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ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 80 companies and 8,000+ construction professionals better understand mental health. The program is free for ICBA members — see icba.ca/wellness.