prevent violence and substance abuse among the nation’s youth, schools, and communities. The act specifies “principles of effectiveness.”


The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide proposed “a nationwide, collaborative effort to reduce suicidal behaviors, and to prevent premature death due to suicide across the life” by using AIM (awareness, intervention, and methodology) as an approach to address suicide.


The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Task Force on Violence published The Role of the Pediatrician in Youth Violence Prevention in Clinical Practice and at the Community Level.


The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) released the first edition of its flagship journal, Prevention Science, as an interdisciplinary forum designed to disseminate new developments in the theory, research, and practice of prevention. (SPR was created in 1991 to advance science-based prevention programs and policies through empirical research.)


Report of the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health: A National Action Agenda was released, which introduces a “blueprint for addressing children’s mental health in the United States” based on a conference sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Justice.


The World Federation for Mental Health, the Clifford Beers Foundation, and the Carter Center Mental Health Program organized the First World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders.


Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General reviewed the factors that protect youth from perpetrating violence and identified effective research-based preventive strategies.


The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy was established to promote government policy making based on rigorous evidence of program effectiveness.


Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (a supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General) was released by the Office of the Surgeon General.


The National Advisory Mental Health Council’s Workgroup on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Intervention Development and Deployment released Blueprint for Change: Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health.


The American Psychological Association released a special issue of Prevention and Treatment, with 13 commentaries on the 1998 report Priorities for Prevention Research at NIMH.


Child Trends published two reports on mental health and emotional well-being, Background for Community-Level Work on Mental Health and Externalizing Disorders in Adolescence: Reviewing the Literature on

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