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Mrs. Arizona raises awareness for postpartum depression

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A local Tucson woman was just crowned Mrs. Arizona. The competition was last week. 

Sarah Barrett took the title of Mrs. Arizona, which is like the Miss America competition, but for married women. 

She says she was honored to be crowned Mrs. Arizona, but above all is excited to have the platform for her cause. 

"Postpartum depression is something that's extremely important to me because it's something I went through for four years," said Barrett. "And I'm a registered nurse, I work at a mom-baby unit, I screen mom's for postpartum depression, I know what postpartum depression is, but I couldn't see it in myself."

She wants to raise awareness. 

"I don't want other women to go through what I went through as long as I went through it and I don't want other women to feel ashamed of it or feel like they have to hide it," said Barrett. 

In a few months, she will compete for Mrs. America in Las Vegas. If she wins, she can take her platform nationwide. She wants to increase the number of providers that are screening for postpartum depression. 

"It is extremely important to raise awareness for postpartum depression because it not only affects the woman but it also affects how she takes care of her children," said Doctor Valerie Kading, board member of the Postpartum Depression Coalition. 

Kading says it is extremely common for mothers to deal with. 

"Women are not alone if they're suffering from postpartum depression," Kading said. "It's very common. 1 in 5 women. So a mom should not feel ashamed or embarrassed to get help. She would be very surprised that perhaps her sister or her best friend or a colleague may have suffered from postpartum depression as well."

In just a couple weeks, Sarah will be a part of a walk to raise awareness for postpartum depression. 

It is called Climb out of Darkness. It is June 23 at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

And the big Mrs. America competition is in August. 

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