Walter Reed Hospital has recently moved from Washington, DC to the Bethesda, Maryland campus and there are more active military and veterans living in and around Montgomery County. Pain Connection is located in Rockville which is in Montgomery County and has been actively collaborating with the Mental Health Association’s program ‘Serving Together’, Veterans Collaborative, Inter Service Family Assistance Coordinators and several other community non-profits to help provide services to the military/veteran population. The rising numbers of suicide among military are due to untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Pain. The military culture has taught this population to be strong and ignore their pain and injuries. This creates stress and anxiety on wounded soldiers/veterans and increases their pain levels. Pain Connection wants to normalize their pain and provide resources that can help these “pain warriors” to develop a quality of life.
Pain Connection-Chronic Pain Outreach Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit human service agency since 1999. Our mission is to empower people with chronic pain to improve their quality of life, decrease their sense of isolation and take a more active role in their treatment. We do this by providing information, psychosocial support, coping skills and training to people with chronic pain, their families and health care providers. Our services include: monthly support groups for people with chronic pain and their families, one-on-one peer support, Pain Connection Live Conference Calls, Filling the Gaps in Pain Care (FIG) an 8 week program designed for people with pain and their families to improve their ability to manage chronic pain more effectively, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes, “Pain Warriors” 8 week program and outreach to people from the Military, Veteran’s and Family Members, speaker series, publication of “Making the Invisible Visible: Chronic Pain Manual for Health Care Providers”, training and supervision of mental health professionals, annual September Pain Awareness Month Symposium, information and referrals, community outreach and education, newsletter and website.