"This is essentially a problem everywhere-a problem that's getting worse", says Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of CDC. Even New Jersey, with a relatively low rate of 9.2 per 100,000, still saw an increase. Noting that suicide is "very rare" among those with chronic depression, Stone said friends, families and co-workers should not overlook the risk of self-harm among people who have never been diagnosed with mental illness.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.
The most common method used to end one's life in the United States is by firearm.
The highest suicide rate from 2014-2016 was in Montana, where 29.2 residents per 100,000 people took their own lives.
"If anything good" can come from these recent deaths, it's that they do get people talking and reaching out, she said.
The World Health Organization- Philippines is encouraging individuals who are battling mental health problems to seek support from their families or health professionals.
Munn also issued a plea to those struggling with suicidal thoughts: "Please listen to me-from someone who is telling you that she's been where you are-when I say that SUICIDE IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE", she wrote.