QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer (Suicide Prevention)
QPR was created as an first aid response to a possible suicidal crises through proper questioning, genuine persuasion and practical referral. Designed to get more individuals into professional (mental) healthcare, those trained in QPR learn to identify suicide warning signs, how to ask someone about suicidal thoughts or feelings and how to persuade & refer them to a healthcare professional that can help start them on a recommitment to life. Much like CPR, anyone can learn the steps of QPR, helping save lives by lowering the stigma and raising awareness.
Angel D. Vives III was born May 16, 1995 in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon Graduating from Granby High School in 2013, he traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida where he entered Bethune-Cookman University on a Marching Band Scholarship while focusing his studies on Psychology. During his undergraduate career, he became a member of the Association of Black Psychologist where he was involved in presenting research that contributed to his group winning Student Circle of the year in 2017. Mr. Vives also became a member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 2018 before graduating that spring, while also completing an internship with SMA Healthcare in the process. Upon graduating from Bethune-Cookman, he was employed full time by SMA as a Customer Service Representative at its Willis Ave. location. In October of 2018, Mr. Vives was brought on board of the Adult Zero Suicide Initiative, becoming certified in both QPR & QPRT instruction he became the new Suicide Prevention Trainer for SMA Healthcare. Mr. Vives has now trained over 400 individuals in adult zero suicide prevention, using QPR, Question, Persuade, Refer, as a first aid response to possible suicidal crises. Mr. Vives is also a member of his organizations Toastmasters club and speaks on behalf of SMA Healthcare through our United Way partnership.