September Is Pain Awareness Month

September has been declared “Pain Awareness” month by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA).  During this month organizations get together to help raise public awareness of issues in the areas of pain and pain management.  The first Pain Awareness Month was in 2001, when the ACPA led a coalition of groups to establish September as Pain Awareness Month.  ACPA established Partners for Understanding Pain and 80 organizations, both health care professionals and consumer groups help support this effort.

Click here to read more about the history of Pain Awareness Month

The key to raising awareness is to get involved.   There are many things that you can do to help promote Pain Awareness Month.

Call your local government and community leaders to let them know about Pain Awareness Month and issues of pain and pain management.  Tools to communicate with governmental and community leaders are available Click Here

Call your local media and ask them if they are doing a story on Pain Awareness Month. Tools to communicate with media can be found here 

Donate to the ACPA: Your contributions allow us to help fulfill our mission  and work year-round to raise awareness and support for those with chronic pain. Click here to donate

Take care of yourself!  Take time out for yourself this month.  Tools to help take care of yourself are below: