Pain is silent,
but you don’t have to be. #LetsTalkAboutPain

Chronic pain affects an estimated 50 million Americans and has profound individual and societal consequences. To raise awareness about this public health crisis, organizations from across the country come together during Pain Awareness Month each September. Check back in the coming weeks for ways to get involved with U.S. Pain Foundation’s 2019 campaign, #LetsTalkAboutPain.

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2018 Campaign Hashtags: #PainWarriorsUnite #PAM18 #USPain #30DayChallenge #PainAwarenessMonth

The 2019 theme: #LetsTalkAboutPain

Because of stigma and even shame, people with pain are often afraid to speak up about their experiences. But sharing our stories–whether with loved ones, coworkers, clinicians or policymakers– is essential to creating awareness about chronic pain and fighting for change. This year, U.S. Pain Foundation is focusing its efforts around the theme, “Let’s Talk About Pain.” Check back for more details on how you can join us in speaking up and speaking out.

Show support by changing your profile pic!

Show your support for the over 100 million Americans living with medical conditions that cause pain. Add the #PainWarriorsUnite twibbon to your social media profile image this September! When you change your pic, use the hashtags: #PainWarriorsUnite #PAM2018 #USPain #30DayChallenge #PainAwarenessMonth.

Get involved today

You can get involved and help support Pain Awareness Month efforts in a number of ways, including:

  • Obtaining a ceremonial proclamation from state or local government officials.
  • Decorating a building or public area in your town with campaign signs and ribbons.
  • Getting permission for a landmark or building in your area to light up on Sept. 13 as part of Shine Blue for Pain.
  • Distribute materials or host an information table at a hospital, community center, state capitol, or anywhere you can think of! We can provide materials and resources.

More opportunities will be shared soon!


  • Chronic pain affects 50 million Americans.
  • 20 million Americans live with high-impact pain, or pain that severely limits life or work activities.
  • Pain costs the nation up to $635 billion annually in indirect and direct expenses.
  • Pain is the leading cause of long-term disability in adults.


The history of Pain Awareness Month

In 2001, a coalition of groups and organizations established September as the official month for the chronic pain community to receive national recognition. Organizations across the country come together during the month of September with the combined goal of bringing awareness to chronic pain and highlighting how pain affects individuals, families, communities, and the nation.

U.S. Pain Foundation honors Pain Awareness Month in a variety of ways each year, including special events, social media campaigns, giveaways, proclamations, and more. We encourage all people with pain to get involved through activities tailored to fit their needs and abilities. There is something for everyone! To get started, email us at

Pain awareness initiatives exist beyond September!

U.S. Pain provides activities for volunteers year-round. Learn more about the Ambassador program and the current opportunities available at

Current Ambassadors, remember to keep U.S. Pain apprised of your awareness efforts by sharing your activities year round through the Ambassador Activities form. This allows U.S. Pain to not only track your involvement, but it also allows you to receive recognition for your accomplishments.


Committed to creating pain awareness

The mission of U.S. Pain Foundation is to educate, empower, connect, and advocate for people living with chronic conditions that cause pain. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those who live with painful conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation helps individuals find resources and inspiration. Learn more.


Members and volunteers are encouraged to request ceremonial proclamations from state and local politicians. By submitting an already crafted template, individuals can easily request the proclamation in support of pain awareness month.

Learn how you can submit a proclamation request

Together, we can change the conversation about pain.