Understanding and implementing the C-SSRS

The C-SSRS is a questionnaire used for suicide assessment developed by Kelly Posner, PhD, David Brent, MD, Chris Lucas, MD, Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, Barbara Stanley, PhD, Greg brown, PhD, Prudence Fisher, PhD, Jaime Zelazny, NR, MPH, Ainsley Burke, PhD, Maria Oquendo, MD, and J. John Mann, MD.






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Clinical Trials
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Clinical Practice CSSRS Training



The scale has been successfully implemented across many settings, including schools, college campuses, military, fire departments, the justice system, primary care and scientific research. For a list of settings in which the C-SSRS is currently being used, more.

The C-SSRS is available in 112 languages

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  • Age: Children, Adolescents, Adults and Older adults
  • Typical administration time: A few minutes
  • Content: Assesses occurrences, types, and severity of suicidal ideation and all types of behavior
Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale
About the C-SSRS
General Information
Psychometric Properties
Scoring and Data Analysis
Where the C-SSRS is Used
C-SSRS in the News
Suicide Hotline
C-SSRS Information