Black Out Day 2017

 

The purpose of Black Out Day is to educate our community about the impact of alcohol.  We hope to reduce the stigma associated with talking about alcohol related issues on a college campus and learn ways to provide support and resources for those who suffer.  Sign up and join us as we explore how alcohol impacts our lives, our campus, and our society.

It is time to change the culture around alcohol abuse that normalizes and supports high risk drinking during college. It is time to change the perception that "everyone drinks" or worse yet, "everyone drinks to black out."  It is time to change the rates of overdose deaths in America and on college campuses.  It is time to change the way people view substance use disorder.  It is time to change the way our society treats people with substance use disorders and start understanding the disease as a public health concern.  It is time to change the perception that college students are too young to have a substance use disorder.  It is time to change the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. It is time to change people's lives for the better by understanding warning signs and reaching out to help others when we see a need.  Now - it is a time for change.

Will you join us on Wednesday, October 25th and let your silence stand for something?

 

9am-5pm: Black Out Day is an annual awareness event at SJU to reflect on the impact of alcohol on our community while honoring those who are not longer with us due to an substance-related tragedy or those who struggle in silence due to the stigma associated with substance use disorders.  Those participating in Black Out Day will wear a Black Out Day T-shirt and take a vow of silence from 9am-5pm.  Often, participants stay silent to honor a loved one they have lost.

Between 9am-5pm, the participant can not speak or communicate in any way including via text, Facebook, or any other social media, and at any time including in class, at lunch or hanging with friends.  This silence is to represent what it would be like if that person was no longer able to participate as an active member in our community due to substance use disorder.

 

Please respect the silence of those participating in Black Out Day.

 

To register for Black Out Day to participate in this Day of Silence, complete this form.

 

4:45pm-6:00pm:  The Countdown and the Break the Silence Speak Out is open to the entire campus community.  All are invited to come together for the Countdown starting at 4:45pm in the President's Lounge.  There we will count down to 5pm together at which time participants will finally be able to break their silence to discuss how we can work together to address alcohol issues on our campus.  This Speak Out is open to all; refreshments included.  We will hear from those who took the vow of silence as well as those who witnessed it and reflect on the impact alcohol has on our community.  Together, we will honor those who have no voice by raising our voices high as one.

To RSVP to attend this Speak Out (dinner included) - not the entire Day of Silence, complete this RSVP form.

 

**If you are struggling with a substance use disorder or are looking for support for yourself or a friend, please reach out to Wellness, Alcohol and Drug Education (WADE) at wade@sju.edu or stop into Campion 231.  You can also contact the Wellness Educators for more resources at wellnesseducators@sju.edu or The Flock at flock@sju.edu.

**There is help.  There is hope.  You are not alone.**