The month of September has been declared Pain Awareness Month, a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.


The first Pain Awareness Month was in 2001, when the ACPA led a coalition of groups to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. ACPA established Partners for Understanding Pain and 80 organizations, both health care professionals and consumer groups, including the NAACP supported the effort.

What You Can Do

The key to raising awareness is to get involved. There are many things that you can do to help promote Pain Awareness Month.

1) Talk with Friends & Family: Let them know that September is Pain Awareness Month. Like the ACPA on Facebook. Encourage your friends to do the same.

2) Talk with your Healthcare Provider: Let them know that September is Pain Awareness Month. You also can share the tools below to better communicate with your healthcare team:

3) Call your local media and ask them if they are doing a story on Pain Awareness Month. You can download a toolkit to help you do this HERE.

4) Call your local government and community leaders to let them know about Pain Awareness Month and issues of pain and pain management. You can find our Proclamations Process Guide Toolkit and Guide to Visiting Your Local Legislator on our Downloadable Resources Page.

5) Donate to the ACPA: Your contributions allow us to help fulfill our mission and work year-round to raise awareness and support for those with chronic pain. Click here to donate.

6) Take care of yourself! Take time out for yourself this month. Tools to help take care of yourself are below: