Pain Awareness Month (PAM) in September is fast approaching. If you’re looking for a way to make a difference for the pain community, here are some options for how to get involved. Some activities require advance planning, while others take just a few minutes. There’s something for everyone!

  1. Spread the word: Easily change lives by distributing U.S. Pain materials and resources anywhere you can, whether at a library or doctor’s office. To request materials, email lori@uspainfoundation.org.
  2. Light it up: Shed some light on chronic pain through the Light up the Landmarks campaign on Sept. 9. This requires contacting the management for any landmarks, buildings, or businesses in your state or town and requesting permission in advance. For more information, go here.
  3. Paint the town blue: Spread awareness and have fun by decorating your city or town with Beautify in Blue campaign signs and ribbons. To request materials, email beautifyinblue@uspainfoundation.org.
  4. Gain government recognition: Bring attention to the pain community by obtaining a proclamation from your state or town recognizing September as Pain Awareness Month. To get started with requesting a proclamation, go here.
  5. Raise funding: Host a fundraiser to help support U.S. Pain’s work. Options range from more involved events, like hosting a Point for Pain game at a school, to easy events like an Alex and Ani fundraiser or a Dine to Donate event. Find a fundraiser that works for you by clicking here.

    For full details on PAM, check out the website: uspainawarenessmonth.com.

  6. Host a table: Empower and inspire your community by hosting a U.S. Pain information table at a hospital, community center, library, or anywhere you can;  or by hosting an awareness event at a state capitol or other government institution. U.S. Pain will send you all the materials you need. More information can be found here.
  7. Share your story: Participate in an op-ed campaign to bring awareness to the challenges faced by people with pain by submitting an op-ed to your local paper. U.S. Pain has created helpful resources and a template op-ed to use as a guide. To get started, go here.
  8. Get social: Participate in the 30-day social media challenge. Each day, U.S. Pain will post an action item on its social media accounts. Participate in the challenge by responding to the prompt and using the hashtags #PAM17, #PainAwarenessMonth, and #USPain. By participating, you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize! Follow us on Facebook for updates.
  9. Take a stand: You’re also invited to change your profile pic using this link. Also, new this year, U.S. Pain will be hosting a Thunderclap, or a social media campaign designed to use strength in numbers to make our message heard. To join the Thunderclap, click here.

For full details on PAM, check out the website: uspainawarenessmonth.com.