Presentation to focus on suicide prevention

It's best to get to people while they are not depressed, Barr said. "We have to get to people when they are doing well.

Barr said the Samaritans of the Capital Region, a hotline that became available shortly after Kevin died, is something he advocates for, and he said that some people find it easier to talk to a stranger about suicide and depression.

Barr has published the book "One Bite at a Time: Attitude Control in Daily Living," and has received the 2009 Social Work Award for Lifetime Achievement from the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He has served as the Assistant Commissioner of Children and Family Service as well.

Frank and Barr issued a Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Kit, know as SPEAK, with information about the topic. It lists a number to call, 1-800-273-8255 as a resource for those feeling depressed and suicidal.""

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