Perhaps more worryingly, a total of 54 percent of people who died by suicide have not been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Suicide rates have risen between 1999 and 2006 in all US states except Nevada, impacting women, men, children, and people of different ethnicity and race.
Marilyn Pasquarelli, a licensed professional counselor at Westbrook Health Services, said people need to remove the stigma of mental health issues.
"These findings are disturbing", Schuchat says. The highest suicide rate increase was in North Dakota, at 57.6 percent, while the lowest was in DE, at 5.9 percent. Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of states since 1999.
Nevada, the only state in which the suicide rate lowered in the time span, has always been among the top ten states in the nation for death by suicide.
Jeffrey Bridge is director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
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It also encourages everyone to inquire into their friends' and family member's well being, listen to them, and reduce access to lethal means for those at risk. Suffocation, including hanging, was the next most-common method, followed by poisoning.
Local suicide awareness advocates say it's an ongoing conversation which needs more attention.
Abby Litovski is over the center's crisis and suicide line program and says since news of the suicides came out, they have certainly gotten an increase in calls this week.
"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. "As a suicide researcher, you feel urgency to answer big questions because the field is stagnant, and people are dying at increasing rates". "What are we doing as a nation to help people to manage these things?"
Suicide rarely occurs "out of the blue", and there are risk factors, such as family history of suicide, family history of child maltreatment, previous suicide attempts, history of mental disorders, history of alcohol or substance abuse, feelings of hopelessness, among others. From 27 states they also collected the cause surrounding the suicides in 2015. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.
The rates of suicide for all states and the District of Columbia were calculated using data from the National Vital Statistics System.