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Columbia Scale for Communities

Talking to a fellow 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 of your brothers and sisters who have served from dying by suicide, military members and Veterans should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including step-by-step instructions on 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 an increased risk. The good news is that everyone has the power to prevent it. Talking to a fellow 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 of your brothers and sisters who have served from dying by suicide, military members and Veterans should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (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 helps members of the military community become part of the solution for fellow service members and Veterans. Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including step-by-step instructions on 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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