While mental health is often a factor, the CDC cautioned that there is no single reason for the almost 30 percent nationwide increase between 1999 and 2016, pointing to the finding that approximately half of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
Often, the suicide seemed to happen without warning: 54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn't have a previously known mental health issue.
"These findings are disturbing. Suicide is a public health problem that can be prevented", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC principal deputy director, in a telephone press briefing about the study. Among the less-common factors presumed to have contributed to the suicides studied were physical health problems, legal difficulties, a family relationship issue or a job-related problem.
In North Dakota, the rate jumped more than 57 percent. While both deaths leave permanent holes in USA - and global - culture, they are an opportunity for a much-needed discussion on suicide prevention.
Leblanc says the state, and country, need to beef up their suicide detection efforts, increase the amount of mental health education, and expand mental health services, but that's tough to do under a budget crunch.
"The focus of this is to identify people that might be struggling with thoughts of suicide and asking the question and then connecting them to resources in the community", says Murnane.
New research shows suicides are on the rise in nearly every state across the country.
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He said the best thing to do if you think someone you know is suicidal is have a conversation with them about how they are doing. In fact, statistics show the suicide rate among women is on the rise.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.
"Early identification of mental illness is essential, and we are ready to work with Congress and other stakeholders to ensure that Americans can receive treatment when needed", Levin said in the release. These clear steps can lower the national suicide rate.
"We found that many common life stressors were present in the period preceding the suicide".
High suicide numbers in the United States are not a new phenomenon.
The CDC is calling suicide a national public health problem.