found the groups helpful for talking to others who understand
gained new skills
to manage pain
felt less alone
I can’t say enough positive things about the [Pain Support and Wellness Group] program, and other programs offered by Pain BC. Thank you for this service. It has really helped me cope with chronic pain. I don’t feel quite so alone.
I really enjoyed the [Pain Support and Wellness Group] session and was pleasantly surprised as this was my very first pain support group where I shared openly and honestly. I look forward to attending again.
I love how the groups moved to Zoom. As a person with chronic pain, it is challenging to commit to showing up in person every time. Online has made it very accessible and made it possible to attend after 2 years of wanting to. Last night I just signed up for a couple more. Thanks for all you do.
I was not sure how my pain management was going to be impacted by giving birth, so being connected to a coach helped me feel very supported, especially while navigating the uncertainty of a pandemic. It was [the coach’s] respectful, knowledgeable, empathetic, genuinely caring, and constant support and very ethical way of being that made this program so truly life changing for me.
Since speaking with Pain BC’s coach on a weekly basis, I have regained my confidence, strength and courage to believe in myself again. Coaching has helped me look past my pain.
Harnessing the dedication of volunteers
Total Pain BC volunteers
Total volunteer hours contributed
Support Services volunteers
Working group members
Being part of the [Pain Support and Wellness Group] facilitator team has really done more for me than I’ve done for others. This has truly been a gift to me.
This program is special and so valuable. I’m riding high after such a great call [with my client]. It has spurred me to take more courses to grow my skills. I want to do this every day!
Volunteering for Pain BC has brought purpose to my life. I have met so many wonderful people – both my fellow co-facilitators, the staff of Pain BC and, last but not least, the people who attend the meetings. We learn from each other.
Developing new tools to support self-management
This past year we partnered with the BC Children’s Hospital’s Digital Lab to begin the development of a new and free online self-management course for people living with chronic pain. Course development is well under way and two stages of end-user research have been completed to inform the course’s design. The course will launch the course in Fall of 2021.
Funding for this project is provided by the Northwest Pain Foundation.
people with pain
gave input in the course
focus groups were held to
inform course development
Making Sense of Pain and Making Sense of Pain for Indigenous Peoples
In 2020, we continued offering Making Sense of Pain, a self-management class series designed for people with pain who also live in marginalized conditions. We delivered the program both in-person with strict COVID-19 safety protocols, and piloted online delivery of the class series.
sites offered the program
attendees at each session
During the low points in my week, when my pain is bad, I focus my attention on Thursday’s class. I breathe and feel joy and relief in my body. I feel the stamina and courage to keep going.