"These findings are disturbing", said Schuchat.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of three leading causes that are on the rise, the CDC said.
Yet, experts say suicide can be prevented if governments create policies to prevent alcohol and drug abuse, make guns safer, reduce the stigma of suicide, and provide support for those suffering from depression and diseases that cause depression.
One day after the Center for Disease Control declared that suicide was a national problem, another celebrity has died after an apparent suicide.
"Our data show that the problem is getting worse", Schuchat said.
CDC officials, however, said the national increase in suicide rates can not be linked to a particular mental-health diagnosis. Percentage increases over this time ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota.
Each year, some 800,000 people worldwide die as a result of suicide - and that number does not include the countless others who attempt it. In more than half of the suicides in the 27 states, the person had no known mental health condition.
Suicide by stateThe study also broke down the data by state and found suicide rates varied widely.
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The most common method used across all groups was firearms. "Opioids were present in 31 percent of individuals who died by poisoning".
The CDC said suicides were rarely caused by any single issue. For half of the states, the increase exceeded 30 percent.
"We don't have all the answers".
"Any type of graphic reporting about suicide, even things that are spread on social media, can really influence people who are now struggling with thoughts about ending their life", Jennifer Sikora told KDKA's Jon Delano on Friday.
Julia Payson says it's important to let people know you're there for them. "A lot of representatives and senators on [Capitol Hill] are losing their constituents", she said.
What has been made clear, especially from celebrity suicides that come from celebrities of all walks of life - from the world of high-fashion to the traveling wisdom of Bourdain - is that these issues are not solved with "success" in the sense that some think.
Professor Julie Cerel, president of the American Association of Suicidology, expressed the view that having better reporting standards could account for some of the increase, but also pointed to a lack of adequate funding for mental health research and preventative care. While it's important to pursue passions, dreams and to find fulfillment (be it in a career, family or something else), the battle of mental health is an internal one.
Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year.