Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale

Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale

Definition

The Columbia Protocol, also known as the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs.

Domains

Suicide Risk

Administrations

Clinician-administered

Assessment type

Clinical

Assessment modes

Questionnaire

Eligibility

Children and Adults

Estimated time

About 2 minutes

Attribution

Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh — supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) — developed the screening tool for a 2007 NIMH study of treatments to decrease suicide risk among adolescents with depression.