Big brother takes a stand against youth suicide

Kristen Amerson

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Raven Young

JacQuan D. Winters, the founder of the Kristen Amerson Foundation, has a lot in store for National Suicide Prevention Month. Winters started the foundation four years ago in honor of his little sister, Kristen Amerson, after she took her life in 2014 when she was 11.

The foundation helps children and families work on empowerment coaching, which assists children with areas in their life where they may be struggling. JacQuan Winters said he has a few events coming up this month.

“We are having a positivity rally at the end of this month where we will stand on the corner at a local park for people that are riding by,” said Winters. “We are also doing a backpack drive where we will create note cards that have positive affirmations to stuff those in our backpacks for students in Tuscaloosa City Schools.”

In addition, the Kristen Amerson Foundation will also be holding a Strike Out against Suicide Event on Oct. 30 at Bowlero Tuscaloosa.

Winters said he encourages all to partake in suicide prevention every day by spreading kindness to others. If you are interested in getting involved with the Kristen Amerson Foundation, visit

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