In 2016, almost 45,000 people took their lives.
So what we know about mental health treatment is that it does work, that it does decrease rates of suicide, and that people who have made a suicide attempt and who have survived it and who get into treatment are actually not likely to die by suicide.
"Unfortunately, our data show that the problem is getting worse", CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a press briefing.
Twenty-five states saw percentage rate increases of more than 30 percent over the 17 years.
For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The report also states suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of the states since 1999. After those states passed "red-flag" gun laws, which enable police to seize firearms from people who are a risk to themselves or others, firearm suicide rates fell significantly, a recent study found.
"We know this is about an illness and as people get sicker and sicker and close to suicide, they can't communicate to everyone very logically, very clearly - 'here's the step I'm going to take at this time and in this way, '" said Reidenberg.
Looking at CDC figures from 2014, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those aged 10-34.
But "if we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need", Schuchat said in news conference today (June 7).
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Minnesota was one of the states with the biggest suicide-rate increases.
The report details a dramatic increase in incidents of suicide in Kansas, particularly among females.
In its report, the USA government agency reports that in reported suicides that 54 percent of people who died by suicide did not have a known or reported mental health illness.
The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.
In Idaho, suicide rates rose by 43 percent. "For celebrities, in particular, and those in the spotlight, there is an expectation that the general public has that because these individuals are successful and handsome, they likely do not or could never suffer from a mental or emotional disorder", Dr.
Utah recently passed legislation providing for better staffed, more effective 24-hour hotlines for those considering suicide or for people anxious about friends.