In Crisis? (click here for info)
- 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) National Suicide Prevention Hotline
- 1-800-442-HOPE (1-800-442-4673) Kristin Brooks Hope Center National Hotline
- 1-877-Vet2Vet (1-877-838-2838) Veterans peer support line or chat online
- 1-800-SUICIDA (1-800-784-2432) Spanish speaking suicide hotline
- www.IMALIVE.org (volunteers are trained and certified in crisis intervention)
If you think you or a loved one might be depressed, click here to learn more the signs of depression and where to turn for help.
- Realize that you are the expert on your pain. No one but you knows how much you hurt. You need to share your feelings with your healthcare professional to get the best results.
- Make a personal commitment to reducing your pain. Be persistent. Start with determination and a positive outlook. Participate actively in your pain management all along the way – from finding a healthcare professional to developing goals and sticking to them.
- Do your homework. Use the resources and links on this site to learn all you can about the cause of your pain and how to manage it. Review how your pain began, in detail, and tell your healthcare professional about it. (Check out the tools and resources on this page to help you with this.)
- Ask your healthcare professional if he or she is comfortable helping with your pain management. If not, ask for a referral to a pain care specialist.
- If you are not satisfied with your pain care, don’t give up. Make sure that you are doing everything that your healthcare professional advises about exercise, diet and soothing activities. Take your medication as directed. Review your goals with your healthcare professional.
- Look for a health care professional or practice setting which takes an integrative approach to pain management, meaning one that takes into consideration the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, as well as the family and community environment.
Check out the links below to find out how PAINS participants can help you get connected and supported:
- American Chronic Pain Association Support Group Locator
- Chaplains on Hand – Help from professional healthcare chaplains for everyone – whoever you are, whatever you believe.
- National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association – Education and Support Group Locator
- The Pain Community – Online Support Community
- Pain Connection – In Person and Phone Meetings
We are looking for additional resources/links; please forward submissions to our webmaster.
If you’re living with pain, participating organizations in our alliance and others offer a wide variety of resources to help you connect to others in your community, find pain physicians, and access educational resources and tools to better manage your pain.
The Center for Practical Bioethics offers hundreds of podcasts, videos and resources on their website. Simply search for “pain” or other topics for the latest resource materials.
The Story of the American Chronic Pain Association, Penney Cowan
Pain Contracts: A Pain Patient Perspective, Carlton Haywood, Jr. PhD
The Path of Pain Medications, Bob Twillman, PhD, and Myra Christopher