Bastrop bakery serves sweet treats during May to support mental health

Jennifer Johnson considers herself an upbeat person.

It helps generate the positive attitude she takes into each day as her small business makes strides toward returning to pre-coronavirus sales levels.

Johnson is the owner and baker at Johnson’s Bakery, at 715 Old Austin Highway in Bastrop. The bakery has been a destination for residents to pick up sweet treats since it opened in November 2014.

But for the first time, some of the baked confections she's offering are meant to promote positive mental health and shed light on the matter. Mental health is especially important to Johnson, who said she can intimately relate to people who struggle with emotional and behavioral adjustment.

For Johnson, mental health is personal. She learned about the death by suicide of a second cousin through Facebook.

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