Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
Reviews scientific advances in the study of mental health and
of mental illnesses that affect at least one in five Americans.
A variety of treatments of well-documented efficacy exist for
the array of clearly defined mental and behavioral disorders
that occur across the life span. Every person should be encouraged
to seek help when questions arise about mental health, just
as each person is encouraged to seek help when questions arise
about health. Research highlighted in the report demonstrates
that mental health is a facet of health that evolves throughout
the lifetime. Just as each person can do much to promote and
maintain overall health regardless of age, each also can do
much to promote and strengthen mental health at every stage
Strategy for Suicide Prevention
The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) represents
the combined work of advocates, clinicians, researchers and
survivors around the nation. It lays out a framework for action
to prevent suicide and guides development of an array of services
and programs that must be developed. It is designed to be a
catalyst for social change with the power to transform attitudes,
policies, and services. The site includes suicide facts, fact
sheets, and other resources.
General’s Call to Action To Prevent Suicide 1999
The Surgeon General’s Call To Action introduced a blueprint
for addressing suicide—Awareness, Intervention, and Methodology,
or AIM. AIM included 15 key recommendations that were refined
from consensus and evidence-based findings presented at the
Reno conference. These recommendations and their supporting
conceptual framework were essential steps toward the comprehensive
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Suicide: A National Imperative (2002)
Funded by CDC, the Institute of Medicine report contains
four recommendations from The Committee on Pathophysiology and
Prevention of Adolescent and Adult Suicide which examined the
state of the science base, gaps in our knowledge, strategies
for prevention, and research designs for the study of suicide.
The report reflects different perspectives and levels of analysis.
The project was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National
Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
and Alcoholism, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration, and the Veterans Administration.
Plans for Suicide Prevention
Web site is central location for available current information
on suicide prevention plans across the United States. Includes
links to state plans, as well as additional sources of information
on suicide prevention.
Stragegy for Suicide Prevention links to Suicide Prevention
Plans around the world.