In his new memoir, CHOOSING LIFE, Blue Andrews recounts his attempted suicide and journey to choosing to survive.
More than 1,000,000 people in the US attempt suicide every year and author Blue Andrews belonged to that group. As a result, over 45,000 of those people pass away. Andrews did not add to that horrifying statistic due to his courage and dedication to life. Yet, it was so close, as he portrays in his memoir, CHOOSING LIFE (Luminaire Press).
Even though Andrews went from living on food stamps to having a million dollars, he still had amazing friends and family who were there for him, but his unhealthy responses to life hurt him. In August 2010, to the shock of everybody except himself, Andrews attempted suicide. He had 14 stitches on his wrists when he awoke in a hospital psychiatric unit.
He made the most significant decision of his life a few days later. He chose to survive
The story of Andrews’ subsequent journey toward health, contentment, and self-discovery is told in CHOOSING LIFE, a fitting narrative as Mental Health Awareness Month approaches in May. He describes, with an open heart, what it’s like to appear to have everything but still be alone and depressed.
Andrews’ courage is in plain view as recounts a day-to-day existence of falling to pieces, hitting the lowest of lows, and later finding the courage to, as the book’s title suggests, pick life by going through a long and arduous journey to recovery. He also talks about the steps he took to get back on track and the wonderful feelings that come from being well. For you or someone, you care about, the many stories that Andrews tells will be relatable and helpful.
CHOOSING LIFE is a book of hope, self-discovery, and coming to terms with a condition that many people cannot overcome, and was selected as a finalist for the annual Best Book Awards by American Book Fest.
The author, Blue Andrews, is a stay-at-home dad who lives across the lake from Seattle with his lovely wife and four amazing kids. Andrews started in sales, working for startups—some of which were successful, others not—a mid-sized company, IBM, and other technology companies for more than 15 years.
He holds certificates from Bellevue College in both software development and database development in addition to a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington. Andrews was born and raised in Oregon. As an adult, he has lived in Atlanta and Southern California. Spending time with his family, working out, listening to live music, and taking road trips are now his favorite activities.