The Surgeon General has demonstrated his commitment to children's mental health in a variety of arenas, including suicide prevention, youth violence and mental health in general, according to National Institute of Mental Health psychologist Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD, keynote speaker for the 8th Annual Institute for Psychology in the Schools, held during APA's 2001 Annual Convention.

Four major initiatives bear his stamp:

  • The 1999 report Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, which includes a chapter on children and teens (the report is the first Surgeon General's report to address mental health).

  • The 2000 Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: A National Action Agenda.

  • The 2001 report Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General.

  • The 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

  • A fifth federal initiative that doesn't come directly from the Surgeon General's office but is intimately linked to his philosophy and efforts is the 2001 NIMH Blueprint for Change: Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, said Hoagwood.