SVN presents Humanitarian Award during annual conference
Sarasota, Florida (March 18, 2020) – SVN International has honored Ashley Barrett Bloom, Managing Director of SVN Lotus Commercial Real Estate Advisors, with the SVN Humanitarian of the Year Award for his ongoing work in suicide prevention.
Bloom received the peer-nominated award at the SVN Annual Conference in Palm Springs, CA, which ran from March 3-5.
“It’s mind-boggling when you consider that suicide takes more lives each year than natural disasters, murder and war,” Bloom said. “There are over a million attempts every year and it’s the 10th leading cause of death. Despite all that, suicide prevention is greatly underfunded.”
Bloom’s own life has been touched by the suicide of loved ones and acquaintances. These include his father, grandmother, high school classmates, friends and other family members that struggle.
“A big part of the problem is the stigma of suicide, which keeps people from talking about it,” Bloom said. “If somebody’s parent dies of a heart attack, nobody’s afraid to tell the story. With suicide, it’s different. But we’re working to remove that stigma and get people talking.”
Chief among his efforts during the past year has been his work as a board member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Southwest Florida Chapter, which also won a national award from the organization in January: Most Improved Walk – Small Market. During its annual conference in Denver, the AFSP recognized the walk and its 130-percent increase in fundraising. Bloom’s AFSP chapter raised about $200,000 for the cause.
Bloom continues to be involved in many activities to raise funds in the fight against suicide. For example, he will walk 16 miles overnight during the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in New York City in June.
An advocate of increased state funding for suicide prevention, Bloom addressed the Florida state legislature Feb. 27 on Suicide Prevention Day.
“Suicide rates in Florida are higher than the national average, so we need to push for more funding of programs, education and treatment,” Bloom said. “Research indicates that suicide is preventable, given the right treatment and plan.”
“We’re proud of Ashley and he certainly deserves this prestigious award from SVN,” Anderson said. “He works tirelessly in the cause of suicide prevention. We’re pleased to see all of those efforts recognized.”
SVN, a commercial real estate brokerage firm headquartered in Boston, is one of the industry’s most recognized and powerful brands based on the annual Lipsey Top Brand Survey and Commercial Property Executive Magazine. With more than 200 locations in 500 markets, SVN Commercial Real Estate Advisors provide sales, leasing and property management services to clients worldwide. The Florida team consists of more than 100 advisors serving locations across the state.