Columbia Scale for healthcare providers
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Columbia Scale for Healthcare Providers

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 from dying by suicide, healthcare providers should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project, narrates this comprehensive look at the Columbia Scale for healthcare providers.

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Suicide in our country is a serious public health problem, and active duty military members and Veterans are at increased risk. 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 from dying by suicide, healthcare providers should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Often referred to as the Columbia Protocol or the Columbia Scale, it is evidence-based, simple and free to use. The Columbia Scale consists of a few straightforward questions, and it helps healthcare providers take important steps to become part of the solution for the Veterans in their care. Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project, narrates this comprehensive look at the Columbia Scale for healthcare providers.

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