Pain Connection Live details 

HOW TO JOIN THE CALL:

PHONE NUMBER:
(319) 527-3510
Participant Access code:
171649#

After dialing in and entering the access code, we request a first name and state/country, or you can be silent.

It’s okay just to listen. If you wish to share you may join in.

Touch tone commands:
*4 Conference instructions
*6 Mute/Unmute during the call
*3 Exit the call

Meet our call leaders
  • First and second Thursdays: Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW
  • First Tuesday: Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, and Bobbi Blades
  • Third Thursday and last Saturday: Mia Maysack
  • Fourth Thursday: Mary Beth Lewis
What to expect during the call
  • After you call in, the leader will ask for your name.  Introduce yourself. Example: This is Sue from Ohio.
  • We encourage you to mute yourself by pressing *6.  Then to unmute yourself, press *6.  This eliminates background noises.
  • The leader will introduce herself and the U.S. Pain Foundation.  Then she will review the topic and ask  for responses.
  • If you want to reply, press *6 if you’ve muted yourself.
Support group call rules
  1. Support group calls are confidential. Members and leaders are bound not to disclose the contents of the sessions in any way that could identify members of the group. Remember, we are building trust and safety in our community.
  2. We do not discuss or name doctors or medications nor provide professional medical advice because we are not medical professionals. The groups are facilitated by people with chronic pain.
  3. No verbal outbursts of strong emotions, such as using foul language. Revealing anger appropriately is encouraged. Having a feeling and acting on it are two different actions.
  4. Listen: Effective communication requires both listening and sharing.
  5. Do not give advice: Do not tell anyone what to do or how to feel. You can share what’s been helpful to you.
  6. No cross talk. Do not talk when someone else is sharing. Share your own experience when it is your time to do so.
  7. No rescuing: Letting someone feel is a part of healing.
  8. Please limit your response time to 2-3 minutes, so everyone has time to talk.
  9. You can elect to PASS if you do not want to speak when you are asked.

 

Suicide help and hotlines

If you are in crisis or considering harming yourself, we ask you to reach out to one of the following numbers immediately.

Remember part of being strong is acknowledging when to ask for help.

National Suicide Prevention LifeLine
1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK

National Crisis Text Line
741741

 

April Theme: Building Your Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness practice can be incredibly helpful any time. But it’s especially useful during times of crisis, like with the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this month’s calls, we’ll be referencing two pages from Gwenn’s book, “Making the Invisible Visible: Chronic Pain Manual for Providers,” pages 103 and 105, which can be downloaded here and here.

We’ll also discuss this Harvard Business Review article about grieving our pre-pandemic lives.

In addition, two chronic pain support group leaders have provided personal perspectives:

 

Are you in crisis?

If you are in crisis or considering harming yourself, we ask you to reach out to one of the following numbers immediately.

Remember part of being strong is acknowledging when to ask for help.

Additional information can be found here.

National Suicide Prevention LifeLine
1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK

National Crisis Text Line
741741