Pain Awareness Month brings together millions of people in America who suffer from chronic pain. In September, specialists, psychologists and patients join forces and talk about pain – why it occurs and how to deal with it. It turns out that pain is one of the most common problems in the US, but not everyone can cope with it. One of the missions of Pain Awareness Month is to alleviate the suffering of people and talk about research aimed at combating pain.
Pain Awareness Month was founded in 2001 by organizations coordinated by the American Chronic Pain Association. These companies came together with one goal – to educate people about pain in order to better understand it, and for this purpose the Partners for Understanding Pain alliance was created. In 2002, a dinner was organized in honor of the event, and in 2003, the alliance included more than 30 organizations. In 2004, a special toolkit, prepared by specialists, was prepared for patients with chronic pain, as well as their relatives. Another toolkit was released in 2005 and focuses on the role of physicians and pharmacists in the fight against pain.
Why Pain Awareness Month Matters
- If you do not help a person with chronic pain, they will become lonely, will feel isolated, and will stop doing what they like.
- Chronic pain causes sleep disturbances, leading to insomnia.
- Women are more susceptible to pain than men.
- Diet affects pain in different ways – it can increase or alleviate it.
- In some cases, the pain has no cause.
How to join Pain Awareness Month
Donate money to pain research. Volunteer and help those who are in pain, tell them they are not alone, and support them. Talk on social media about possible ways and techniques to deal with pain, and ask people to tell their stories.
When is Pain Awareness Month celebrated in 2023?
Pain Awareness Month is observed on September 1 each year.