The month of September has been dedicated to raising awareness for those who live with persistent pain. Many people live with chronic mental or physical pain on a daily basis, and during the month of September, organizations come together to raise awareness about living with pain and pain management.
History of Pain Awareness Month
Pain Awareness Month was created by the American Chronic Pain Association in 2001, when they partnered with several organizations dedicated to raising awareness about chronic pain and pain management. Together, they formed Partners for Understanding Pain, with a key focus being establishing September as Pain Awareness Month.
Pain Awareness Month was created to raise awareness through mass media, public forums and other platforms to accomplish the following: raise awareness about the number of people affected by chronic pain, reduce stigmas and develop better treatment and management techniques.
Since its inception in 2001, Partners for Pain has held an annual meeting, dedicated to different topics surrounding chronic pain. To this day they continue to work to raise awareness and find solutions for people who live with chronic pain.
What You Can Do
You can help spread the word about Pain Awareness Month. There are several ways that you can get involved.
- Tell friends and family. Let them know that September is Pain Awareness Month.
- Share information. “Like” Pain Resource on Facebook and share articles that talk about pain management to help spread the word.
- Talk with your doctor. Make sure your healthcare provider knows that September is Pain Awareness Month.
- Call your local government and community leaders to let them know that September is Pain Awareness Month, and why it’s important to you for them to be aware of this.
- Speak with local media personnel and ask them if they’ll be covering a story on Pain Awareness Month.
- Take care of Yourself. Most importantly, the best thing you can do this month is take some time for yourself, evaluate your pain management plan, and make sure that you’re getting the help that you need.
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