ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Chronic pain, especially severe pain, can have an enormous impact on your emotional health. Research has shown that people with pain are significantly more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Remember that you are not atypical, oversensitive, or weak for experiencing emotional distress because of pain. These are normal, reasonable responses to physical suffering and its associated limitations.
The U.S. Pain Foundation is committed to improving the lives of all people with pain: to empower individuals with education, to validate and recognize their experiences, to provide much-needed mental health support, and instill confidence to use their voice to advocate for better health care for themselves and others.
We believe education is fundamental – it is through information that one starts to find their new normal and tools to better manage pain
Here are some resources we hope are of help.
Empowered through knowledge
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.
988 is the free and confidential mental health crisis line. This line is available 24/7 helping countless individuals overcome crisis situations every day.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Topic of the month explored
Acceptance and Reinventing Ourselves
Acceptance means learning to adapt our lives in the face of pain. It doesn’t mean giving up hope. Instead acceptance allows us to see possibilities given our limitations. We can make peace with our reality and move forward to reinvent ourselves. Learn more>>
Building Your Toolbox recordings
Building Your Toolbox is a monthly educational series that invites practitioners to teach individuals a pain management strategy or skill. Unlike traditional webinars, events are held in a meeting format so that participants can interact with the speaker directly. Below are links to view recordings from past topics. If you are interested in registering for this monthly event, learn more here.