In 2016, nearly 45,000 people died by suicide in the USA, indicating a staggering rise in the cause of death.
Stories like theirs are becoming less uncommon - research shows suicide rates are rising across the country.
"Our data show that the problem is getting worse", Schuchat said.
The CDC said the analysis was meant to help identify ways to reduce the annual suicide rate by 20% by 2025, a goal established by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Overall, the U.S. experienced a 25-percent rise in the rate of suicides during that period, with individual states ranging from a 6 percent increase in DE to a almost 58 percent increase in North Dakota, the researchers say.
And the controversial Netflix series "13 Reasons Why", which follows a high school girl who takes her own life after being bullied and sexually assaulted, has sparked discussion about the alarming rates of teen suicide, in particular, which has also seen a frightening increase. From 1999 to 2015, suicide rates increased among all genders, all racial and ethnic groups and all urbanization levels.
Montana experienced about 29 suicides for every 100,000 people - the highest in the nation - compared with about seven people out of every 100,000 in the District of Columbia - the lowest.
Bourdain and Spade died at 61 and 55, respectively - an age cohort with strikingly high suicide rates in the USA, according to the CDC.
In a lengthy post - which is accompanied by a list of global suicide hotlines - Munn wrote: "I have lived with anxiety and sporadic bouts of depression for most of my adult life". "Opioids were present in 31 percent of individuals who died by poisoning".
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"Suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said. Suicide is preventable, and it's rarely caused by a single factor.
Of those with no diagnosed mental health conditions, men are more likely to commit suicide and do so with firearms.
"96 percent of people who are suicidal will tell you if they're asked", she told me.
"We don't have all the answers".
Oregon's rate climbed to 17.8 suicide deaths per 100,000. The CDC lists its own recommendations for policies, programs and prevention practices here, including strengthening economic supports to ease financial strains; creating protective environments where people live and work; and promoting connectedness in communities.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain", the network said in a statement today. Still, the researchers found a 10 percent higher risk of suicide among people who had served in the military.
"Research for many years and across social and health science fields has demonstrated a strong relationship between economic downturns and an increase in deaths due to suicide", Sarah Burgard an associate professor of sociology at the University of MI, explained in an email on Thursday.
It is hitting many places especially hard.
"Because of this Behavioral Health Task Force, looking at the greater good of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties, we are able to focus in and pull resources to understand what one agency is doing versus the other agency", he said. "Every step feels like it's an uphill stretch, but you just keep going and keep going and eventually you get to that summit, and the view when you get there is just spectacular", he said.