These numbers come on the heels of a June 7 report, also from the CDC, which found that almost 45,000 people died as a result of suicide in 2016, up 30 percent from the number of deaths by suicide in 2000. The awards program included other awards given to volunteers who have lost loved ones to suicide or who have their own lived experience with a suicide attempt and advocate for suicide prevention, along with other state elected officials along with other leaders in the field. The male suicide rate, meantime, rose 21 percent.
Though this type of data collection will never be able to perfectly capture the complexity of each person's case, the results indicated that 54 percent of suicides occurred in individuals without known mental health conditions. These latest figures come amid high-profile suicides last week of acclaimed chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade. For women, poisoning led the list.
Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says, more than anything, the past week has shown that suicide doesn't discriminate and can potentially affect anyone.
"It looks like things are going to get worse before they get better", Miller said.
While the recent deaths of Spade and Bourdain have cast the spotlight on suicide in developed countries, the World Health Organization says that more than three quarters of suicides take place in developing countries.
Robert Grier, owner and professional counselor at Cogito Mental Health Service, says that by acknowledging the changes you are seeing in someone or yourself, this could be the difference between life and death. "A traumatic event is a strong data point, any significant life event that the person is presenting saying they are baffled and are running out of solutions to their problems".
In the days after Spade and Bourdain's deaths, calls to the the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline jumped 25 percent.
"I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor's advice", she wrote. Often, the stigma surrounding suicide leaves people feeling too ashamed to speak up and ask for the help they need. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255, text anonymously at 741741, or call 911 for assistance in emergency situations.