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Columbia Scale for Caregivers and Spouses

Talking to a service member or Veteran about suicide -- and asking the right questions -- are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more Veterans,and your loved ones, from dying by suicide, caregivers and spouses should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including a step-by-step explanation about how to use it, with Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project.

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Suicide in our country is a serious problem, and, as you know too well…active duty military members and Veterans are at increased risk. The good news is that everyone has the power to prevent it. Talking to a service member or Veteran about suicide — and asking the right questions — are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more Veterans, and your loved ones, from dying by suicide, caregivers and spouses should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Often referred to as the Columbia Protocol or the Columbia Scale,it is simple to use, free for everyone, and validated by research. It consists of a few straightforward questions, and it helps family members and caregivers in the military community become part of the solution for the Veterans in their lives. Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including a step-by-step explanation about how to use it, with Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project.

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