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Raising awareness for chronic pain on national level

Following the official launch of the "Societal Impact of Pain - A Road Map for Action" on European level in the European Parliament on 4 May 2011, it is SIP's mission to raise awareness of the relevance of the impact that pain has on our societies, health and economic systems and to exchange information and share best-practices across all member states of the European Union. 

The following information shows EU-wide initiatives which are not related to any country or region.

EU Parliament Meeting Report

Meeting Report

Tackling the Stigma of Brain, Mind and Pain Disorders
Meeting of the Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain
In partnership with the Interest Group on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Brain Disorders
14 October 2015, European Parliament, Brussels

Among the speakers who honoured the participants with their presence, was proudly welcomed the meeting’s Keynote Address: Mr.Michael Hübel, Head of Unit ‘Programme Management and Diseases’, DG-Santé, European Commission.

Ann Little (President, EFNA) opened the meeting welcoming participants and underlining that stigma is at the top of the list of important issues for all those affected by brain, pain and mental health disorders. Stigma stems from ignorance and fear and has pervasive consequences in all areas of life. Stigma not only results in negative behaviour; it has many other consequences, for instance in the area of funding. Brain, pain and mental health conditions occur twice as much as cancer-related conditions, yet research on cancer and cancer organisations receive twice as much funding. There is a need for more awareness of these conditions, which will also help those affected to seek help earlier.

Ann Little then gave the floor to Marian Harkin MEP, who paid respect to GAMIAN-Europe President Pedro Montellano, who sadly passed away on 2 October. A one minute silences was observed.

Marian Harkin welcomed the two Interest Groups working together on this issue, and emphasized the grave influence of stigma persons affected by brain, pain and mental health conditions and their carers. There is a growing need for more awareness and clear information. Listening to those who suffer stigma and how it impacts on their lives is crucial in this respect, and the meeting provided the opportunity to do just that. Nessa Childers MEP agreed, and stated that it is hugely important to get stakeholders and the general public interested in these conditions, as more and better information will help reduce stigma. She considers it part of her duty as an MEP to host meetings of this kind.

Read here the full Brain, Mind and Pain Disorders Meeting Report (PDF).

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