The mission of the U.S. Pain Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is to empower, educate, connect, and advocate for individuals living with chronic illnesses or serious injuries that cause pain, as well as their caregivers and clinicians. The organization represents all individuals (kids and adults) who live with a chronic illness or serious injury that causes pain. Recognizing that nearly every chronic condition has a pain component, our network is extensive. We provide free programs and services that include a national network of support groups, educational resources and events, a pediatric program for children and families, advocacy efforts, an awareness magazine called the INvisible Project, and more.
Chronic pain has devastating consequences on function, quality of life, and mental health. A sense of isolation and helplessness is common with chronic pain; in fact, anxiety and depression are significantly higher in this vulnerable population. Therefore, finding community support is essential to living with chronic pain. Our utmost goal is for individuals to connect in a safe environment to share feelings, gain emotional support, discover strategies for coping with the daily realities of pain, feel more empowered to take an active role in their care, and learn about pain relief options.
Chronic pain can make it difficult to leave the house, even when you need support and community. Pain Connection, a program of the U.S. Pain Foundation, offers monthly support group meetings. Meetings are free to attend and held via Zoom. Current groups include state-based, national, and specialized population meetings. Groups focus on support and connection, but they also incorporate evidence-based education.
The program was developed by a clinical social worker who lives with pain and created a specialized curriculum for all of our support group leaders. The comprehensive training teaches leaders about the psychosocial stages of pain and grief, the Pain Connection group model approach, and more.
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