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Columbia Scale for Communities

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 in your community from dying by suicide, everyone should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including a step-by-step explanation of 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 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 military 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 in your community from dying by suicide, everyone 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 members of every community become part of the solution for Veterans 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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