Suicide exacts an enormous toll from the American people. We lose 30,000 lives to this tragedy each year, & another 650,000 receive emergency care after attempting to take their own lives. The devastating trauma, loss, & suffering is multiplied in the lives of family members & friends. This document lays the foundation of a strategy to confront this serious health problem. Chapters: goals & objectives, such as promoting awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable, & developing & implementing community-based suicide prevention programs; looking ahead: investment & collaboration, challenges to overcome, & next steps. Includes an executive summary.David Satcher is the author of 'National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action' with ISBN 9780756719678 and ISBN 0756719674.