LET'S WORK TOGETHER THIS NATIONAL PAIN AWARENESS WEEK TO #PRIORITIZEPAIN

November 7-13, 2021 is National Pain Awareness Week in Canada, a time to raise awareness of chronic pain and its impact on the one in five Canadians who live with it.  

 

All people with pain in Canada, no matter who they are or where they live, should have equitable access to timely and evidence-based care and support. That's why we're joining together this National Pain Awareness Week to raise awareness and call for national action to make pain a priority.

We hope you’ll join us to create dialogue and draw attention to chronic pain this National Pain Awareness Week by using the social media tools, and by adding your voice to the conversation using the #NPAW and #PrioritizePain hashtags.

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The Canadian Pain Task Force was established in 2019 to provide advice and information to Health Canada to inform an improved approach to prevent and manage chronic pain. Its final report, An Action Plan for Pain in Canada, lays out numerous recommendations for targeted actions necessary to improve outcomes for the nearly eight million Canadians living with chronic pain and to reduce pain’s impact on families, communities, and society.

 

The #PrioritizePain campaign brings together leaders in pain advocacy, research, and health care, to join people with pain and their families in supporting the recommendations in An Action Plan for Pain in Canada and to advocate for their implementation.

A CALL FOR ACTION TO #PRIORITIZEPAIN IN CANADA

SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT

PARTICIPATING IS EASY

We’ve created the following toolkit to help you join the National Pain Awareness Week conversation. It includes suggested social media posts on a wide range of topics related to chronic pain, as well as supporting graphics that you can share. Please be sure to use the campaign hashtags in your posts to build momentum and help others follow along: #NPAW2021 and #PrioritizePain.

To access these tools in French, click here.

Social Media Posts

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This National Pain Awareness Week I’m adding my voice to the calls to #PrioritizePain through implementing @GovCanHealth’s Action Plan for Pain in Canada. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that 7.6 million Canadians live with chronic pain, which can stem from underlying health conditions or exist as a condition in and of itself? #NPAW2021 #PrioritizePain

Did you know chronic pain was only recently recognized by @WHO as a disease in its own right? This National Pain Awareness Week, let’s #PrioritizePain and advocate for improved care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

Chronic pain is still not well understood, contributing to poor outcomes for many who live with it. This National Pain Awareness Week, we’re calling for action to #PrioritizePain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

It’s National Pain Awareness Week. With #ChronicPain impacting everyone from children to older adults, it’s vital to #PrioritizePain care, education and research in Canada. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that #ChronicPain is common in many conditions, ranging from cancer to arthritis, as well as many invisible or undiagnosed illnesses that aren’t widely understood? #NPAW2021 #PrioritizePain www.PainCanada.ca




Care and support


People with #ChronicPain often have limited options for care. This National Pain Awareness Week, we’re calling for the implementation of @GovCanHealth’s Action Plan for Pain in Canada to #PrioritizePain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

Did you know that multidisciplinary pain services are considered to be the most effective approach to managing chronic pain, but many people #LivingWithPain in Canada cannot afford them? We need action to #PrioritizePain #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Quality of life and personal impacts


Chronic Pain can severely impact a person's ability to accomplish daily activities, manage basic functioning and maintain social relationships. By working to #PrioritizePain, we can start reducing these impacts. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

Did you know that people living with #ChronicPain have the worst quality of life compared to people with other chronic diseases? During National Pain Awareness Week, we’re calling for action to #PrioritizePain #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Financial impacts


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know the direct & indirect costs in Canada was as much as $40.3B in 2019 alone? We need to #PrioritizePain and implement @GovCanHealth’s Action Plan for Pain in Canada #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Research


While Canada is a leader in pain research, it can take years before research is translated into practice. We need more knowledge translation initiatives to advance the way pain is understood and treated in the real world. #NPAW2021 #PrioritizePain

Did you know many illnesses characterized by #ChronicPain are poorly understood and not widely recognized, leaving some people in pain undiagnosed and without appropriate care? We need to #PrioritizePain funding for chronic pain research. #NPAW2021




Children


Children & youth have high rates of chronic pain & face unique barriers to care. We’re calling for the implementation of @GovCanHealth’s Action Plan for Pain in Canada to #PrioritizePain through equitable access to pain care & support for kids. #ItDoesntHaveToHurt #NPAW2021

Did you know that 75% of parents say they don’t know how to manage their child’s pain? We need to #PrioritizePain education and support to help children living with pain. #NPAW2021 #ItDoesntHaveToHurt www.PainCanada.ca

Did you know that more than 50% of students with chronic pain miss significant amounts of school? This #NPAW2021, we're calling on all teachers & school staff to advocate for their students to improve students' ability to cope. #ItDoesntHaveToHurt




Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, including children, youth, and adults, may experience complexities with chronic pain, stigma, and mental health. Let's #PrioritizePain to ensure pain with #FASD is understood and recognized. #NPAW2021 #ItDoesntHaveToHurt




Seniors


Seniors are disproportionately affected by chronic pain and face unique barriers to accessing care. This #NPAW2021, we’re calling for the implementation of @GovCanHealth’s Action Plan for Pain in Canada to #PrioritizePain through equitable access to pain care for seniors.




Veterans


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that veterans are 2-3 times more likely to experience #ChronicPain than the general population? We need to #PrioritizePain in veterans by improving access to pain care & support. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Indigenous peoples


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that Indigenous peoples are disproportionately impacted by chronic pain and yet are less likely to receive care? We need more culturally relevant and safe programs to #PrioritizePain in Canada. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

Did you know Indigenous peoples experience higher rates of pain and pain-related disabilities as a result inequities in our health care system? We need culturally relevant and safe health care for Indigenous peoples with chronic pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

It’s #NPAW2021. Did you know Indigenous peoples are less likely to seek/access care due to their pain often being minimized or stigmatized? It’s time to #PrioritizePain, address inequities and remove barriers to care in our health care system. www.PainCanada.ca




LGBTQ2S communities


LGBTQ2S people are disproportionately impacted by chronic pain and face greater barriers to accessing effective care. This #NPAW2021, we’re calling for the implementation of @GovCanHealth’s Action Plan for Pain in Canada to #PrioritizePain through equitable access to pain care.

It's National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know trans people experience higher rates of chronic pain than their cis counterparts, but are more likely to experience barriers to accessing health care? It’s time to #PrioritizePain through equitable access to pain care. #NPAW2021




Newcomers/refugees


Newcomers & refugees often experience increased pain-related disability due to complex and unique needs stemming from trauma, cultural differences in coping, and much more. We need to #PrioritizePain supports that are trauma-informed, culturally relevant and safe. #NPAW2021




Substance use


People who use drugs are disproportionately affected by chronic pain yet are frequently unable to access specialized pain services. We need to #PrioritizePain supports that don't leave anyone behind. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

Did you know chronic pain is a common driver of substance use it is experienced by 31-55% of people who use drugs? Treating pain must be recognized as a component of overdose prevention. #NPAW2021 #PrioritizePain www.PainCanada.ca




Gender


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that men are more likely to downplay pain and less likely to seek treatment? We need to #PrioritizePain so no one is alone with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know gender biases in our health care system often result in women’s pain being overlooked/undertreated? We need to #PrioritizePain so no one is alone with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

It's #NPAW2021. Did you know trans people experience higher rates of chronic pain than their cis counterparts, but are more likely to experience barriers to accessing health care? It’s time to #PrioritizePain through equitable access to pain care. www.PainCanada.ca




Arthritis


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Chronic pain impacts millions of Canadians, including the 1 in 6 people living with arthritis. We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Cancer


It's National Pain Awareness Week. Chronic pain is common among many Canadians with cancer both from the disease itself and sometimes from cancer treatment. We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Crohn's disease


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that persistent pain is a common symptom of Crohn's and colitis? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Complex Regional Pain Syndrome


Conditions like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) are not well understood but can impact anyone. We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Chronic migraine


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that people with chronic migraine experience headaches on at least 15 days in a given month? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome


Did you know that debilitating pain is one of many symptoms experienced by people living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Fibromyalgia


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that the 500,000+ Canadians living with fibromyalgia also experience chronic pain? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




HIV/AIDS


It's National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that between 54-83% of people living with HIV are also #LivingWithPain? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




ME/CFS


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that many of the 500,000+ Canadians living with ME are also #LivingWithPain? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Mental health


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that people with chronic pain are twice as likely to experience depression and anxiety? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

It’s #NPAW21. Did you know that pain, when left unmanaged, can result in feelings of hopelessness, isolation, diminished quality of life, depression and anxiety? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. www.PainCanada.ca




Multiple sclerosis


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that many of the 77,000+ Canadians diagnosed with multiple sclerosis experience chronic pain? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Orofacial conditions


Did you know orofacial pain – pain that occurs in the mouth, jaws, face, and head – impacts approximately 22-26% of Canadians, with up to 11% of cases becoming chronic? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Sleep disorders


Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 people living with chronic pain also experience sleep disorders like insomnia? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that anywhere from 50-90% of people seeking care for chronic pain experience ongoing sleep disturbances? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Spinal cord injury


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that chronic pain is a common symptom reported among the 86,000+ Canadians living with a spinal cord injury? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Spondylitis


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that chronic pain is a common symptom experienced by the 300,000+ Canadians living with ankylosing spondylitis? We need to #PrioritizePain and improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca




Homelessness


Did you know that people experiencing homelessness frequently experience chronic pain but face additional barriers to care, including the inability to access pain treatments and facing stigma when accessing health care? We need to #PrioritizePain care for all. #NPAW2021




Poverty


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Did you know that people who experience poverty are less likely to receive adequate care and treatment for pain? We need to #PrioritizePain to ensure all Canadians have equal access to pain care. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca

More than 64% of Canadians with pain believe their quality of life would improve if they could afford more non-pharmacological treatments. Everyone – regardless of income – deserves equal access to pain supports to live well. #NPAW2021 #PrioritizePain www.PainCanada.ca

It’s #NPAW2021. Did you know that when #ChronicPain is complicated by poverty, poor mental health, substance use and trauma, it can further limit a person’s ability to access health care? Everyone deserves equitable access to pain care. #PrioritizePain www.PainCanada.ca




Neurological conditions


It’s National Pain Awareness Week. Pain is a common symptom of many neurological conditions yet people with brain conditions face additional barriers to pain assessment and care. We need to #PrioritizePain to improve care for all people with pain. #NPAW2021 www.PainCanada.ca





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About the #PrioritizePain campaign

The #PrioritizePain campaign is a national awareness and advocacy campaign to amplify the recommendations in the Canadian Pain Task Force’s final report to Health Canada, An Action Plan for Pain in Canada, and to advocate for their implementation. In partnership with dozens of leading pain and pain-related organizations, advocates and institutions across Canada and internationally, the campaign is coordinated by the Association Québécoise de la Douleur Chronique (AQDC), Pain BC, and Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP).