For those of you who are not yet familiar with it, I would like to
introduce the Columbia Suicide Severity Risk Scale (C-SSRS).
The C-SSRS is comprised of a series of simple questions used to
assess the severity and immediacy of a suicide risk. One of the many
benefits of the scale are that the questions can be
asked by anyone, including family and friends.
This tool was initially developed by researchers from Columbia
University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of
Pittsburg to reduce suicide risk among adolescents. The scale
was developed in response to the need for a singular tool that
could more precisely assess the full range of thoughts and
behaviors and to identify individuals at risk of ending their lives.
Not only has the scale been translated into 150 languages, but it has
also, been implemented in many settings including schools,
hospitals, college campuses, fire departments, The Criminal Justice
System, primary care settings, the military, and New Bridge
Research has indicated that the C-SSRS is evidence-based and
works in helping to predict those who are at risk. More than 600
peer-review studies have demonstrated its use and validity.
During a recent study conducted in Sweden, scientists found that
the C-SSRS screens “robustly” predicted death by suicide over
one week, one month, and one-year periods.
The C-SSRS is comprised of six questions (http://
www.cms.gov>files>document>CSSRS-SC). While a yes answer
to any of the questions indicates that the individual should seek a
behavioral health referral, a positive answer to any of the last
three questions advise that immediate help be secured.
Each year, more than 700,00 people worldwide die by suicide.
Many more than that attempt to end their lives. Suicide, however,
is preventable. Studies indicate that when at risk, individuals
are identified and connected to care, resulting in lives being saved.
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