As I indicated in my previous post, I want to spread the word on the importance of September; September 8 – 14, and September 10th. Three organizations and causes are using this month to raise people’s awareness and understanding of chronic pain, invisible illness, suicide prevention.
It seems most appropriate to begin with chronic pain. September is The American Chronic Pain Association’s September is Pain Awareness Month. The organization has several suggestions on how you, as an individual, or member of face book community can spread the word about chronic pain. For example:
Call your local government and community leaders to let them know about Pain Awareness Month and issues of pain and pain management. Tools to communicate with governmental and community leaders are available Click Here
Call your local media and ask them if they are doing a story on Pain Awareness Month. Tools to communicate with media can be found here
Chronic Pain Info facebook page lives up to its goal of: “education, sharing, support, understanding, compassion and humor.”
Chronic Pain Info says:
FEEL LONELY NO MORE-You Are Now In a SAFE ZONE!!!
Chronic Pain Info is a safe place to come learn, laugh, cry, support and vent. We are a tight-knit group of individuals who hang around to help others understand what they are experiencing and help them through the most trying times of their lives when they may otherwise have absolutely nobody on the planet to turn to for support!
On days when everything hurts, visiting a community that understands the language of pain can make a difference.
The week or September 8 to 14, is Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2014. The week’s theme/focus for 2014 is Just One:
We are all just one… but if you live with an invisible illness you are one of over 100 million who are ill. You are someone. You matter. We hope to help those with chronic illness know that even though you may feel alone in your pain and limited in what you can give, together we can make a difference.
Here are just a few of the topics to consider when you write your Just One blog:
just one challenge you overcame despite the odds;
just one thing you would change about anything! (Your doctor, your home to make it more accessible, your clothes to make them more comfortable. Be creative!);
just one decision you made that was good (or not so good)
Invisible Illness Awareness , just like invisible illnesses, doesn’t disappear on September 15.
Sadly, chronic pain and chronic illness can lead suicide. September 10, 2014 is World Suicide Prevention Day. September is also suicide awareness month.
The theme for 2014 is Suicide Prevention: One World Connected. The International Association for Suicide Prevention website has information, links to appropriate websites, facebook pages, and blogs. As well, you can download the banner in 40 languages, information on suicide prevention, and a long list of activities you can choose from to participate. As well, the IASP has a facebook presence, where more information including world-wide suicide prevention events and activities.
The statistics on suicides are staggering. Among youth/young adults and soldiers, the suicide rate is considerably higher than that of the general population. As the IASP notes: “Every year almost 800,000 people commit suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every forty seconds.”
I have my own connection to suicides as I wrote in the post: paul and marc: a requiem. for suicide prevention in September 2011.
Other organizations, such as the Suicide Prevention Life Line offer crisis counseling:
No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
So, these September awareness issues are important to me. The publication of Part Two was delayed due to my chronic pain.