In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Ireland can be found.
September is Pain Awareness Month
#PAM2018 - an initiative of Chronic Pain Ireland
Pain is something that many of us feel, but it cannot be seen and is quickly forgotten. For those living with persistent chronic pain conditions they often feel isolated as others cannot comprehend the impact pain has on every aspect of life. Chronic pain is not visible, it often prevents people from enjoying a full life, as work, family and social life are impacted and the condition can also greatly impact on sleep.
At Chronic Pain Ireland your pain is a priority… A daily support is offered to people nationwide living and learning to live with chronic pain, their friends, and family. This is done through a support phone-line, email, online forum, self-management workshops, and information talks.
A number of nationwide events will be hosted over September to generate awareness but also deepen understanding of Chronic Pain and associated conditions, so please keep an eye on our events pages and see if an event is happening near you.
History of Pain Awareness Campaign
In early 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association established a Pain Awareness Campaign. This undertaking pulled together many organisations across the US whose missions complement the ACPA’s under the umbrella of Partners for Understanding Pain. A key element of the effort was to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. This coalition was committed to raising awareness through mass media, public forums, and other sources so that chronic pain may be more readily recognised, better understood without the traditional stigma attached, and more fittingly treated and managed. The partnership, spearheaded by the American Chronic Pain Association, strived to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families who are struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the public that pain is a serious public health issue.
Find more information on http://www.chronicpain.ie/about-us/news/pain-awareness-month-sept-01-30th