Suicide Risk Assessment

We advise you in implementing these instruments into practice and are open to cooperate in scientific projects. We do not recommend to use the following instruments without specific training in how to apply them. If you are interested to have such a training provided please contact us.


Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) by Posner et al.
The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) is endorsed by the WHO, CDC, NIH and FDA as an effective, simple and reliable screening tool. The Questionnaires are approved for all ages, and can be tailored to fit different settings or specific needs. We are certified in the English as well as the German versions of the CSSRS.

Viennese Suicide Risk Assessment Scale (VISURIAS) by Kapusta et al.
The Viennese Suicide Risk Assessment Scale (VISURIAS) in German has been developed by our team to guide clinicians in the assessment of suicide risk. Besides items focusing on past and present suicidal behavior and ideation, the scale also encompasses psychopathological dimensions and risk factors in three dimensions: (a) lifetime, (b) intermediate, (c) current risk. Further, a clinical ascertainment of risk is rated on a scale and results in a final coding of the necessary measures to be taken. German Version of VISURIAS [PDF]

Suicide Behavior Questionnaire (SBQ-R) by Osman et al.
The short and feasible Suicide Behavior Questionnaire (SBQ-R) has been translated into German by our team and tested in cooperation with Glaesmet et al. in a German representative sample. The scale is a short screener usable in specific clinical settings and for research purposes.

Screening Tool for Assessing Risk of Suicide (STARS) by Hagwood and De Leo
This comprehensive Screening Tool for Assessing Risk of Suicide (STARS) has been offically translated into German by Kapusta and Postuvan. It is a comprehensive guideline for the assessment of relevant clinical risk and protective factors in potentially suicidal persons.
German Version of STARS [PDF]


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