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"A Call To Action"
our new PSA
Military spouse and suicide survivor, Kim Ruocco of TAPS: "if only I had the Columbia, (it's ) invaluable in figuring out what we're dealing with and how quickly we need to act. Everybody in the community needs to..ask the questions"
Nevada Article Looks to Utah:

"Utah recently reversed an upward trend in suicides and experts are citing the implementation of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, a six-question screening tool, in hospital emergency rooms and behavioral centers as a factor. More effective screening combined with access to mental health care are the key elements leading toward the goal of zero suicides."
Use of the C-SSRS and Adoption of Comprehensive Zero Suicide Framework help Utah Achieve First DECREASE in Suicide in Years
Watch the C-SSRS discussed alongside the co-founder of The Malala Project in a new USA series about people who invent things for the good of humanity: ASPIREist on USA!
Georgia Senator's Letter to the Community: Her Loss to Suicide and the Urgent Need for C-SSRS

C-SSRS helps reduce suicide rate 65%
in the largest provider of community based behavioral healthcare in the United States, as reported in US News & World Report

Article from The Joint Commission about the C-SSRS
Learn to Save a Life: Click for training on the C-SSRS

Latest News

C-SSRS promoted by Defense Suicide Prevention Office for complete military-wide use

C-SSRS Referenced by Marine, Navy and DOD Leadership in Congressional Hearings

Director, Marine and Family Programs Division, United States Marine Corps

U.S. Navy Directory, 21st Century Sailor Office

Director, Defense Suicide Prevention Office, Department of Defense

Marine Corps Times: Marine suicides down 22% after C-SSRS
total force roll out and other initiatives.



Anyone, anywhere can use the
C-SSRS. Hospitals, schools, jails, armed forces and many other public health settings are using the scale for suicide risk identification.


The electronic, self-rated version of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (eC-SSRS) is available via the internet, via tablet or via phone through ERT©.

For more information or a demonstration, please contact:
Carol Lukasik
Director, Business Development

If you are involved in clinical trials for a pharmaceutical or a research firm under contract to one, please click here.

Scales and Resources for Clinical Trials



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, click here.

The C-SSRS is available in 116 languages

Click here for a current list of available languages

  • 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
  • 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.
Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale

About the C-SSRS
General Information
Psychometric Properties
Where the C-SSRS is Used
Dr. Kelly Posner

C-SSRS in the News
Suicide Hotline
C-SSRS Information