The CDC just announced suicides have increased by 30% in many states since 1999. In light of two shocking suicides this week (Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain), I'd like to share this story I just published with WebMD on rising rates of depression among women between 1952 and 2011. While in this specific study suicide rates mainly held steady among participants of both genders, there was a marked spike of depression among women from the 1990s on—and this higher plateau has held steady ever since. Researchers can only speculate why this is, musing that seismic shifts in gender roles in the 1970s and '80s, coupled with rising rates of single motherhood and the burdens of the "second shift," may be at play. Could there be gender differences to explore in the CDC findings, too? (See pg. 13 of June's digital edition.) READ MORE.