Important Information

The Avery Burton Foundation (ABF) is NOT a suicide prevention agency. ABF is a non-profit 501 c.3 that provides advocacy, educational resources and seeks to end the stigma around mental health. This is done through impactful storytelling via the ABF Resiliency Project and providing Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) tips. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In Espanol, please contact 1-888-628-9454.

To reach the NEW Suicide Lifeline, dial 988.  For more Culturally Competent providers, check our RESOURCES PAGE.


The Avery Burton Foundation has been established to serve as an educational development and community development public charity. The idea of this organization has been initiated from a challenge faced in many communities of having loved ones who may be silently suffering with issues that are too great for them to handle on their own which in some cases can lead to unfortunate outcomes. 

These programs (and additional future programming) will be developed and expanded through educational systems, civic organizations, religious organizations and any other non-profits that are willing to partner with the Avery Burton Foundation.

Contact Us:  info@averyburtonfoundation.org

Avery Burton Foundation

ABF Scholarship ProgrAm

Las Vegas – The Avery Burton Foundation (ABF), a non-profit 501c.3 charity focused on mental health outreach and education, donated $5,000 on May 17th, 2023 to the Public Education Foundation (PEF) in support of the annual scholarship program for Clark County School District high school seniors. The Avery Burton Excellence in Academics & Sports Memorial Scholarship will fund 5 $1,000 scholarships to students selected from over 100 applications this year. Board members, donors, and volunteers were on hand to present the check to PEF representatives.

This year the foundation is awarding five $1,000 dollar scholarships to Clark County high school seniors in partnership with the Public Education Foundation. 

The foundation is named after Avery Burton, a graduate of Foothill High School and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He took his life after a major depressive episode in 2017.

Founded in 2019, ABF offers outreach, education resources, and Mental Health First Aid tips to schools, colleges, students, families, businesses, and organizations. Additionally, ABF provides annual scholarships to graduating high school students through the “Avery Burton Excellence in Academics and Sports” Scholarship.

From left, ABF Board Member Christina Aldan, and Founder Reggie Burton, front center, present a check for $5,000 to Kirsten Searer, second from right, President of the Public Education Foundation (PEF) as Donor Tim Perez and PEF Director of Scholarships Kelsey Rodman look on.

ABF 2022 Check Presentation to PEF.

Avery Burton Foundation

"Giving Tuesday Is Back!

We invite you to join the global fundraising event by contributing money to the Avery Burton Foundation on November 28th.

Established in 2012, Giving Tuesday serves as a global initiative promoting radical generosity worldwide. Rooted in the belief that every act of kindness matters, this movement believes that each individual possesses the capacity to contribute toward the greater good with the goal of creating a better world for all.

From its beginnings, GivingTuesday has expanded into an annual international movement, inspiring hundreds of millions to engage in acts of giving, collaboration, and the celebration of generosity. It emphasizes that everyone has a role to play in shaping the world we collectively envision.”

Avery Burton Foundation - Giving Tuesday

3rd Annual "Hike & Heal" Event

Come Hike The Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail Of Boulder City, NV!

Saturday, November 25th, 2023

Event Details

Join us for our 3rd Annual Hike & Heal Event in support of raising awareness with teens, adults, and families coping with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. at the Historic Railroad Tunnels Trail in Boulder City, NV.

The starting point is the easy trail at the Hoover Dam Lodge and Casino Trailhead, Boulder City, NV 89005

With Lake Mead as a backdrop, you will have amazing views during this easy 5 mile walk.

You will have time to enjoy the walk, conversation, and meeting new friends!

RSVP to info@averyburtonfoundation.org or text/call 702.604.4283.

Mental Health Matters: Supporting Students

News 3 Town Hall Mental Health Matters Supporting Students

Watch Town Hall and Q&A Sessions

UNLV Hosts Mental Health Matters Event

News 3 Town Hall Mental Health Matters supporting students in partnership with the Avery Burton Foundation and UNLV sponsored by DesertHope Treatment Center.

The conversation is about mental and emotional well-being.

Our News 3 Series Mental Health Matters takes a closer look at the problem that is evident in colleges and schools today.
Thanks to all who participated in behalf of raising awareness of Mental Health Issues in our community, schools, and colleges.

About ABF

The Avery Burton Excellence in Academics and Sports Scholarship ensures his legacy will live on through the work of the ABF and storytelling initiatives, including the Resilience Project, which published student essays from a then record 57 applicants in 2021. In 2022, ABF saw applications increase to 103.

The ABF Resiliency Project and publishing the essays ensures students have their voices heard. Additionally, it inspires hope for others struggling with the mental health toll from isolation as a result of distance learning during the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. For more information please visit: www.averyburtonfoundation.org.  

You can learn more about Avery’s Story in Reggie Burton’s book, “This is Depression,” his personal story of Avery’s life and battle with depression available on Amazon or www.thisisdepressionthebook.com.

ABF Founder Receives Recognition

“Obsidian & Neon” Photo Profile Exhibit & NAACP Legacy Builder Award for 2022

Obsidian & Neon

The third annual “Obsidian & Neon”: Building Black Life & Identity in Las Vegas” photo/narrative profiles exhibit is featuring Reggie Burton, owner of the RB Group public relations firm and founder of the Avery Burton Foundation, as one of its 21 iconic photo/narrative profiles of black Las
Vegans who have made a difference in their community.

Legacy Builder for the NAACP

As a special recognition and in celebration of Black History Month, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Branch 1111 recently awarded Southern Nevada public relations professional Reggie Burton with its distinguished Legacy Builder Award for 2022.

Burton was selected for making a profound and positive difference in the
community through his work at the Avery Burton Foundation.


Avery Burton Foundation Partnership with KSNV Channel 3 News Mental Health Matters

ABF Partners with KSNV-TV Channel 3 (NBC Affiliate) on mental health initiative, Mental Health Matters

NEWS 3 Las Vegas

ABF has partnered with KSNV Channel 3 News Las Vegas to bring you Mental Health Matters segment, which introduces you to real life stories in the Southern Nevada community.

ABF is the official resource partner for the program, which airs Monday’s at 6pm PST.

For more information, visit https://news3lv.com/features/mental-health-matters 

Contact us: info@averyburtonfoundation.org

What Makes an ABF Scholar?

Handles Adversity

Adversity - Def: a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty.

Loves Competition

Competiton - Def: an event or contest in which people compete.

Higher Education

Education - Def: the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, at a school or university.

2023 Avery Burton Foundation Scholarship Winners

Essay Topic "Explain a Situation Where You had to Overcome an Adversity".

Carolina Silva

Coronado High School

Garrett Ordonez

Foothill High School

Misa Holland

Sierra Vista High School

Joanne Lee

Coronado High School

Raya Sadighian

Coronado High School