By Ed Coghlan.
Pain Awareness Month begins on Saturday, September 1st and the U.S. Pain Foundation is hosting a number of events and activities that aim to bring together people with pain and create more understanding about the challenges people with pain face.
The theme for the 2018 campaign is #PainWarriorsUnite.
“Nearly everyone will experience chronic pain at some point in their lives,” says Nicole Hemmenway, Interim CEO. “Yet the issue of pain remains at best, overlooked, and at worst, stigmatized by the general public. To fight for better care and resources for people with pain, we need to work together across various health conditions.”
This year, U.S. Pain’s initiative includes: a series of online educational events; a fact about chronic pain created in collaboration with a different patient or health advocacy group each day; a month-long social media challenge featuring special giveaways; the launch of a new blog about pain management and support; an infographic highlighting key statistics about chronic pain; and an INvisible Project edition highlighting the stories of staff, all of whom live with pain or are a caregiver for someone with pain.
U.S. Pain’s efforts also include its annual Light Up the Landmarks campaign, which has more than 70 landmarks or buildings set to light up in blue; Beautify in Blue, which decorates public spaces with blue signage; and its proclamations push, in which volunteers have collected proclamations from more than 15 states and 50 municipalities designating September as Pain Awareness Month.
A full rundown of pain activities can be found on the Pain Awareness Website: https://uspainawarenessmonth.com/
Among the activities are educational events, daily challenges on social media, facts from 30 organizations to highlight a fact each about chronic pain, and the launch of a new blog called” Remedy which features information about promising treatments, tips and strategies for self-management, resources for coping with the emotional and social effects of pain and unique perspectives from patients, clinicians and caregivers.
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