Give With Me on Giving Tuesday

Give with me on Giving Tuesday. 100% of earnings from December sales of Suicide Escape will be donated to mental health groups and you’ll have a gift for someone you care deeply about (perhaps even yourself).

While it didn’t win the Writer’s Digest 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards, Suicide Escape received a perfect rating in all six categories with encouraging judge’s comments:

“My life is a little better from having read Suicide Escape. While I was aware of the timeless truths conveyed in this novel, I needed the reminder. I appreciated how well the author teaches that great depression is dragged about by so many human beings in the world, be it hidden, recognized or ignored. Bushman grabbed my attention with a gripping opening scene of life and death. He made me care about Mike and Clarissa.

Kindle ebook cover for Suicide Escape“The encounter between a very likeable seventy-year-old hiker and the teen he stops from committing suicide does not ever grow wearisome because Bushman is good at dialogue and tension. He cultivated just enough conflict and interest in the simple hike down the mountain to make me want to follow. Mike’s fall helped, of course. The police arrest was even better and a perfect dramatic high point.

“I had a feeling the story was set in a futuristic society and that was confirmed in the ‘about the author’ segment at back. Bushman has succeeded in making Suicide Escape a standalone book. However, the intriguing futuristic devices make me want to read the other books that also include these characters. I liked the foreword by Carly Jacobson.

“In the wake of Robin Williams’ death and our growing public awareness of misery of depression, a book like Suicide Escape should be available in every classroom and school library. I was tremendously impressed, especially when the truth of Mike’s insistence that he too had been saved made more sense upon his diagnosis of cancer. This is a deeply touching book. The cover art is perfect.”

Lessons from Civil Rights Legend Timuel Black

Chicago 96-year-old civil rights legend Timuel Black, Jr. and his wife Zenobia

It could have been one of life’s passing pleasures, a serendipitous opportunity to spend an evening absorbing the insights of 96-year-old civil rights leader, educator and World War II veteran Timuel Black, Jr. on what it was like to create his own … [Continue reading]

Does Russia’s Re-Expansion Threaten Global Peace

A critical aspect of Golden Rule government is acquiring knowledge and imagining ourselves in the situation of others. With the news today that a Russian General has walked into the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to request/tell the U.S. to pull its … [Continue reading]

Glad to Walk With, Not Just For, Carly on Suicide Prevention

Five years ago today, the world came one missed detail away from losing one of its most beautiful souls. It was the third time this caring, talented, engaging woman reached a point of desperation and pain she couldn’t see any other way to escape. I … [Continue reading]

Is Pope Francis Right on Golden Rule Government?

Pope Francis argued today for Golden Rule government, a concept investigated, advocated and tested in the philosophical thriller Doing Unto Others: The Golden Rule Revolution, which I released earlier this summer. In his address to Congress today, … [Continue reading]

Mental Illness, Politics Increasingly Intersect

It’s a bit frightening watching as the mental illness and political worlds increasingly overlap. When I started writing on two tracks—one focused on mental illness and another on politics and public policy—I thought I was covering different … [Continue reading]

Creating Golden Rule Social Services

“Each individual has different needs, different capabilities, different dreams. What I see in government programs is an effort to fit people into boxes, to make people easy to administer, rather than to provide resources we need to become our … [Continue reading]

Mental Health Through Dramatic Change

A dramatic life change, solo hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, helped Cheryl Strayed restore her life path in the biographical movie “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl. Dramatic gestures may not be enough, though, for those searching for … [Continue reading]

Fight or Flight for Mental Health

Fight or flight instincts don't help if you have no idea which way to run. Carly's search for mental health as an attempt survivor continues: Carly’s tipping point came on the way home from a weekly volunteer meeting in Akuapem Hills, Ghana. The … [Continue reading]

Seeking Mental Health in Ghana

Another is a series of stories on attempt survivor Carly Jacobson's search for mental health: When Carly finally arrived at the Projects Abroad center in Akuapem, she was immediately taken to her host house. Her luck turned for the better, though … [Continue reading]