Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide "Suicide is an enormous trauma for millions of Americans who experience the loss of someone close to them. The nation must address suicide as a serious public health problem and put into place national strategies to prevent the loss of life and the suffering suicide causes."— David Satcher, M.D. Ph.D., U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General, 1999. "Developing population risk reduction approaches for suicide, through prevention of its precursors in communities, could result in truly innovative (and potentially effective) programs for suicide prevention" (Knox, Conwell, Caine, 2004). The University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide is dedicated to reducing injuries and deaths associated with attempted and completed suicide.