National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1998 – Dr. Satcher Appointed Surgeon General

1998 – Dr. Satcher Appointed Surgeon General

Dr. David Satcher, a native of Anniston, Alabama, was appointed as the 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2002) as well as serving as Assistant Secretary of Health (1998-2001). He served in both the Clinton and the George H. Bush administrations. Among his prodigious works, he established suicide prevention as a national imperative and promoted a “call to action” (1999) to reduce deaths and injury resulting from suicide attempts.