Thousands of clinicians and organisations all over the world are using CAMS as their preferred method of training.
Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide (WHO, 2019), yet there are few evidence-based treatments with demonstrated efficacy for the reduction of suicidal behaviours. Clinical trial evidence shows that CAMS is the most effective treatment available for suicidal ideators with promising evidence for effectively treating suicide attempts and self-harm behaviours as well. Hear from organisations and clinicians like you about their success with CAMS.



In a recent study, Associations of Suicide Prevention Trainings with Practices and Confidence among Clinicians at Community Mental Health Centres, suggests that CAMS followed by DBT for self harm training are superior at impacting implementation of evidence-based practices of suicide care.

“CAMS, in particular, was specifically created to target suicidality by identifying distal and proximal risk factors and drivers of suicidal intention. One of the advantages of CAMS is that treatment is designed to be a collaborative process in which both the clinician and the client decide the focus of intervention to reduce suicidality. The empirical evidence on the effectiveness of CAMS to target suicidality is continuing to grow; for example, CAMS demonstrates effectiveness in reducing suicide ideation, overall distress, and increasing hope.”


NAViGO’s Implementation of CAMS

NAViGO implemented CAMS as part of their National Health Service-commissioned health and social care services in the United Kingdom, for a highly deprived ward with a population of over 165,000 people. Within 2 years of implementing, the suicide rate has dropped by 80%.

Rollins College Wellness Centre

Rollins Wellness Centre adapted the CAMS protocol as the assessment and treatment method for suicidal clients. Since adopting CAMS, they have avoided hospitalisation for all but the most severe cases, and almost all who have been hospitalised have done so voluntarily.


Really rewarding

“I’ve been working in suicide risk assessment for a long time. There’s depression, there’s hopelessness, there’s problem-solving and all of a sudden to bring that into one intervention with CAMS that really gets the service user engaged has been really rewarding. CAMS has so many things around it which helps with understanding the phenomenon; it was clear that there was something about this which was resonating. You can see the impact it has on that individual knowing that the clinician has really understood them.”

Light at the end of the tunnel

“As professionals, we make assumptions about what that means based on our background and our understanding. This gives you the opportunity to have a facilitated discussion with a service user about their perspective. You can see the positive impact it can have; it’s like they can see there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

There's no unknown

“CAMS gives you the confidence to work with your decision-making and to feel comfortable with it because you’ve got it there in black and white; you’re drawing a conclusion and a care plan based on what you’ve got in front of you, helping you feel comfortable to directly ask about suicide. I think that’s the crux. There’s no unknown, we’re not guessing. I like the way that it helps people to open up and the feedback that I’ve had from service users is that they’ve seen the value of it.”

Nice framework

“I have found it quite helpful in terms of really getting to the nitty-gritty of it, the bare bones of what people have done, why they’ve done it, their plans around doing it and also looking at what you can do to resolve that. It gives you a nice framework to properly explore it. It gets you thinking about suicidality in a way that you wouldn’t. It really does drill down into it. It’s opened my eyes as to what more there is to look at when you’re engaging with suicidal patients. It does help with confidence and decision-making specifically when sometimes you do question yourself quite a bit.”

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