September is Pain Awareness Month!
The theme for Pain Awareness Month 2021 is #PAINCOUNTS
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.
We would like to share the following link to an Airing Pain programme we worked on during the COVID-19 pandemic. The topic of the programme is Domestic Abuse and Chronic Pain, but the programme dedicates a significant amount of focus to the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on communication and the effects of social isolation on those of us with pain. In a time where pain is on the backburner due to the global pandemic, it’s’ never been more important to say #paincounts.
To listen to the programme, or read the transcript, please click here.