PAIN AWARENESS MONTH – 1st – 30th September – The theme for Pain Awareness Month 2022.
The World Health Assembly (WHA) – a subsection of the World Health Organization (WHO) – has declared September Pain Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising public awareness and understanding of pain. Many organisations around the world contribute, including the U.S. Pain Foundation, the International Pain Foundation and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
During September, the U.S. Pain Foundation will be sharing 30 stories of people living with pain over 30 days, while the AMTA has posted resources to inform people of the role of massage therapy in pain management strategies. Here at Pain Concern, we will be posting regularly on social media.
Everyone can play a part during this month by using the hashtag #PainAwarenessMonth.
You can also get involved by ‘liking’/‘following’ Pain Concern on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and share the cause.
The British Pain Society ask us to help the BPS and others raise public awareness around pain during Pain Awareness Month! IASP share some fantastic resources on their website for Pain Awareness Month which we too shall be sharing!
The BPS share with you the first in a series of posters they are releasing to raise awareness of pain. This may be the first time in a while that you have had to consciously think about pain, but for some, it is a regular problem to manage and for others it is a constant feature of life, challenging every aspect of existence. Help is available.
The British Pain Society is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK. Chronic pain is suffered by over a third of the population. It is commonly distressing and commonly highly disabling. It is devastating for individuals who suffer. Many cannot work and lose their jobs.
Treatment of pain is a fundamental human right, yet sadly there is an enormous gap between the care people require and what happens in practice. We also do not know enough about the cause and treatment of pain. Our alliance of professionals works collaboratively with patients and industry partners to advance the understanding and management of pain. We strive to reduce the suffering of people enduring daily pain.
Their multidisciplinary nature is pivotal in making The British Pain Society a uniquely relevant representative body on all matters relating to pain.
The Pain Doctor website has a list of 60 Must-Read Chronic Pain Books For Those Living In Pain and writes that one of the most challenging things for people with a chronic illness of any kind is the sense of isolation. The feeling that there is no one else who is having the same experience. One way that this can be counteracted is through media. Books, movies, and television that depict characters or tell the true story of people faced with the same challenges can help.
Source: British Pain Society Pain Concern Pain Doctor