Commentary by Deena Baxter, author of “Surviving Suicide: Searching for ‘Normal’ with Heartache and Humor.”

Mental Health Awareness Month in May was an opportune time to honor mental health heroes.

That includes brain science researchers searching for mental health breakthroughs, diagnostic capabilities and patient-specific remedies; first responders who take crisis intervention training courses and learn how to safely defuse a volatile mental health crisis, and the many grass-roots mental health advocates and nonprofits striving locally and nationally to deliver effective mental health programs and services.

Equally important are the courageous children, teens and adults who embrace life to the fullest while living with […]