The Surgeon General’s call to action to prevent suicide


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United States. Public Health Service
Dept. of Health and Human Services, U.S Public Health Service

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On July 28, 1999, Tipper Gore and Surgeon General David Satcher hosted a press conference at which the Surgeon General unveiled a blueprint to prevent suicide in the United States. This blueprint, The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide, uses the AIM approach – Awareness, Intervention, and Methodology – derived from the collaborative deliberations of the 1st National Suicide Prevention Conference (Reno, Nevada) participants. As a framework for suicide prevention, AIM includes 15 key recommendations that were refined from consensus and evidence-based findings presented at the Reno conference.