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. 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

ABF Scholarship ProgrAm

Avery Burton Foundation

ABF Board Members Reggie Burton, middle and Christina Aldan, right, present a check for $5,000 to Kirsten Searer, President of the PEF.

About ABF

To honor Avery’s memory and warn families about the dangers of depression, his family started a scholarship in his name. 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 is working to publish student essays from this year’s record 57 applicants to ensure they have their voices heard and inspire 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.

"Hike & Heal" Event

Was A Huge Success!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Event Details

Thanks to everyone that attended our Hike and Heal Event on Saturday, July 31 in support of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month at the Historic Railroad Tunnels Trail in Boulder City, NV.

A special shout out to our partners at Nevada Black Police Association. We were also joined by representatives from the offices of Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford’s and US Representative Susie Lee.

With Lake Mead as a backdrop, it was a cooler than usual morning for our 5 mile walk.

People swapped stories and enjoyed a Barbecue Breakfast afterwards with pulled chicken thanks to the generous sponsorship from Arana Software and Don’t Cheat Your Greatness!


New Partnership

ABF is proud to announce it has completed training and become certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid! As a Mental Health First Aider, we are now prepared to understand, identify and respond to someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Already certified in Mental Health First Aid for Youth, ABF is now part of a nationwide network of caring people making a difference in communities nationwide.

Mental Health First Aid doesn’t teach you to be a therapist, but it does teach you how you can provide initial help until appropriate professional resources are available. And that initial support can change everything.

If your school, college, business or organization wants to learn mental health first aid tips and resources,

Contact us today: 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.

2021 Avery Burton Foundation Scholarship Winners

Essay Topic "Adversity"

Danielle Lopez Senior

High School

Donnay Hunt

High School

Madison Pierce Senior

High School

Sophia Oh

High School

Daniel Allen

High School