In addition to the skyrocketing number of suicides in middle-aged adults, deaths by suicide are also on the rise in teens, with suicide now the second leading cause of death for all USA teens and young adults from ages 10 to 35.
The number of self-inflicted deaths in 2016 - roughly the equivalent of the entire population of Murray, Utah - placed suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
John Madigan, vice president of public policy for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said the rising suicide rate is a complex phenomenon and that it is hard to pinpoint a reason despite all of the resources available.
The CDC say the latest numbers show 45,000 people in America took their own lives in 2016, which was more than double the number of homicides that same year.
With tens of thousands of people ending their own lives each year, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. overall, and second most common way that those between 10 and 34 die.
While the CDC report notes that guns are the most common method for these suicides - accounting for about half of all cases - it fails to underscore the extent to which these alarming rates may be attributable to the country's utter saturation with civilian firearms.
Effective strategies, she said, included teaching coping and problem-solving skills to those at risk, establishing more social "connectedness", and safe storage of pills and guns.
"Our data suggests that suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said.
"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, told the Washington Post.
Increasingly, suicide is being viewed not only as a mental health problem but a public health one. But researchers can not say what percentage of those had severe pain as their main problem.
From 2014 through 2016, Oklahoma's per capita average was 23.5 suicides per 100,000 people, up from 17.0 from 1999 through 2001.
Summers said those factors and "general stress about life" can become overwhelming to a person.
"Our data show that the problem is getting worse", Schuchat said. The CDC report details what the federal, state and local communities, and health care systems, employers and everyone else can do. She said it's a myth that to broach the topic of suicide will invite someone to do so or put the thought in their head. Habitual users of opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people who did not use them. He added that those who can access treatment may struggle to find the correct medication or therapist, or continuing paying for the service when they do.
Trends in suicides in many ways follow trends in mental health, yet more than half of suicide victims in 2016 had no known mental illness diagnosis at the time of their deaths. However, the fact that so many other factors appeared to contribute to suicide is an important finding.
This report contains information from the Associated Press. "We want improved access to care and better diagnostics, but we think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what is needed".
If you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.