Thanks to its dedicated volunteers, U.S. Pain Foundation’s 2019 Pain Awareness Month campaign, #LetsTalkAboutPain, was the most robust yet. All of the month’s activities—from educational events to the daily social media challenge—were possible through the generosity of Thrive Tape, makers of a far-infrared kinesiology tape.
“We chose the theme because we believe that speaking up about personal experiences is the first step to creating awareness and change,” says Interim CEO Nicole Hemmenway. “We are incredibly grateful to our supportive, passionate community for bringing pain to the forefront throughout September, and to Thrive Tape for providing the funding to support these efforts.”
At U.S. Pain Foundation, we deeply believe in the power of sharing patient stories. Talking about our experiences with pain helps us to educate others, to create change, and to offer hope. That’s why our theme for Pain Awareness Month 2019, which begins Sunday, is #LetsTalkAboutPain.
This year, we have dozens of opportunities for you to help bring pain to the forefront of public conversations, ranging from our daily storyathon to social media giveaways to weekly events.
Let’s Talk About Pain: Nonprofit organization aims to highlight struggles of 50 million Americans during Pain Awareness Month
Middletown, Conn. (Aug. 27, 2019) – An estimated 50 million Americans live with some form of chronic pain. Pain is the leading cause of long-term disability, costs the United States up to $635 billion a year, and is the number one reason Americans visit the doctor. Yet there’s an incredible lack of awareness about pain as a public health issue.
“The only way we can create change is if we start speaking up–to loved ones, coworkers, neighbors, clinicians, and even policymakers,” says Nicole Hemmenway, Interim CEO of U.S. Pain Foundation, the leading national nonprofit for people with pain. “Pain is silent, but we don’t have to be.”
Too often, due to broad misconceptions and a lack of understanding about pain, pain warriors are afraid or ashamed to speak up about their stories.
But the only way we can create change is if we start talking–to loved ones, coworkers, neighbors, clinicians, and even policymakers.
That’s why our theme for Pain Awareness Month 2019, which begins September 1, is “Let’s Talk about Pain.” We’ll be hosting numerous events, campaigns, and activities that center around this idea. In order to truly get the word out, though, we need your help.
Pain Awareness Month, recognized annually in September, is just two months away! The theme this year, #LetsTalkAboutPain, is about the power of sharing patient stories and experiences. More details about how to get involved with U.S. Pain’s “Storyathon” campaign will be available in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, U.S. Pain volunteers are encouraged to get involved with annual initiatives to raise awareness: obtaining proclamations from state and local governments and asking landmarks and buildings to light up in blue on Sept. 13 for Shine Blue for Pain (formerly Light Up the Landmarks). Participation in these campaigns requires advance preparation, so volunteers are urged to get started now.
Now, more than ever, it is important for people with pain need to support each other, uniting to bring awareness and understanding. Throughout September, U.S. Pain will be providing numerous opportunities for you to join us in making a positive change for pain warriors. Take a look at some of U.S. Pain’s upcoming activities and events so that you can help honor Pain Awareness Month. It’s never too late to get involved, and there’s something for everyone, no matter what your abilities or interests.
In honor of Pain Awareness Month, U.S. Pain is ramping up its online event offerings, with one event each week throughout the month of September. All of the events are free and open to the public. Some events require advance registration.=&0=&. On Sept. 5 at 2 pm EST, U.S. Pain’s NIcole Hemmenway, Interim CEO, will host a 30-minute Facebook Live event in collaboration with The Mighty. Hemmenway, who is also author of the book “It’s not in my head: From wheelchair to marathon,” and Director of the INvisible Project, will talk about how she explains her pain to others and offer tips about sharing your pain story. Check The Mighty’s Facebook page for details=&2=& =&3=&