In 2016, almost 45,000 people took their lives.
The rise of suicide turns a dark mirror on modern American society: its racing, fractured culture; its flimsy mental health system; and the desperation of so many individual souls, hidden behind the waves of smiling social media photos and cute emoticons.
Bourdain, a chef and host of CNN's Parts Unknown food-and-travel show, died of an apparent suicide Friday in a French hotel.
"The data supports what we know about that notion", Gordon said. "Watch the people you love and don't be afraid to speak up".
The Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) is releasing shocking new statistics about rising suicide rates across the country.
"Our mental health systems are just really struggling across the country", Prof Cerel says.
Spade's husband said that although the two had been living separately for 10 months, they saw each other or spoke every day, and even continued to take vacations as a family.
Increasingly, suicide is being seen not just as a mental health problem, but a public health one. Suicide affects all of us - we all face challenges and have mental health to manage. "We need to make sure we're viewing this from a public health perspective and that we're making it easier for people to get resources, that we are reducing factors that contribute to suicide", Ackerman said.
Prohibitions are apparently loosening in some quarters, she said.
Dr. Graham Spruiell, professor in clinical psychiatry, says the problem may continue. And above all, don't be afraid to ask if they've thought about suicide. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second leading cause of death. They founded Up With Life, a suicide prevention and awareness nonprofit that provides education and outreach. They don't want to get near it or around it because it's taboo, and it's not going to happen to me.
"Ultimately suicide is often related to a mental illness", Smith said.
For someone in a suicide crisis, Stage says it's OK to get even more specific with questions: "Do you have a plan?" The site reportingonsuicide.org puts reporting on the method in its list of "don't" recommendations, including a caution against "Quoting/interviewing police or first responders about the causes of suicide". "But before that, thoughts of suicide crossed my mind more than a few times".
She imagines a world where suicide isn't an off-limits or taboo subject, where we can learn to be there for each other.
"Comprehensive statewide suicide prevention activities are needed to address the full range of factors contributing to suicide", the report said.
"These clear steps can lower the national suicide rate", the statement said.
Funded through the $3.5 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Programme reframes how suicide attempts are examined in order to develop individualized prevention strategies, reports Xinhua news agency. "In terms of training mental health professionals, we're not doing a great job".