The ModGolf Podcast

Christina Kim: On working through trauma

The three-time LPGA winner joins host Colin Weston to discuss overcoming depression to find new joy in life and golf

On the LPGA Tour, Christina Kim has long been known for her bubbly, fun and positive personality. But after more than a decade of professional golf that veneer cracked. Kim was exhausted, depressed and contemplated suicide.

Kim struggled with and worked through her mental health issues, and eventually got to a place where she "became OK with saying 'This is what I went through, this is a life that I've lead,'" she says. "There's no judgment. There's no anger. No bitterness. This is something that has happened that I needed to confront and move through."

In this compelling episode, Kim and host Colin Weston share stories of how loss and trauma gradually led to rejuvenation and joy.

[2:20] Christina Kim's first golf experience as a kid and how she developed a passion for the game
[4:40] The influence Kim's dad had on her development as a young golfer
[9:50] Why Kim decided to turn pro at age 17
[12:00] Stories from Kim's first year as a pro in 2002
[15:30] How host Colin Weston met Kim at the 2023 CPKC Canadian Women's Open
[17:30] Kim's ability to cope with mental health issues to give her strength to face the day
[21:00] Weston and Kim share experiences of loss, grief and trauma that stem from unchecked mental health issues and how they both have been able to find meaning, joy and purpose in their respective lives
[24:00] A conversation around removing the stigma around mental health issues by helping others and allowing others to help us
[29:00] Kim's relationship with LPGA medical director Dr. Bruce Thomas, who she credits with "saving my life three times"
[36:00] "I am responsible for creating my own joy"
[39:30] Kim defines her purpose and what is next for her in the years to follow after the LPGA

Editor's note: Do you or someone you know struggle with anxiety, depression and/or thoughts of self-harm? If so, please call the 9-8-8 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.


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