Resources for Canadians living with pain during COVID-19

The Government of Canada and the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF) recognize Canadians living with chronic pain need additional supports during COVID-19.

The following list of supportive resources was assembled in collaboration with stakeholders and may be used by you and your partners in care to manage your pain during this time.

Note: This list is updated regularly, so please check back often.

List of supportive resources
Organization Purpose Audience Languages
AboutKidsHealth
The Hospital for Sick Children
Information related to chronic pain, stress, and COVID-19 Youth English only
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) COVID-19 guidance for practitioners. Healthcare providers English only
Annapolis Valley Pain Self-Management Group Email:
AnnapolisValley.ns@pipain.com
Free online meetings by Annapolis Valley Pain Self-Management Education and Support Group during COVID-19. General English only
Arthritis Society Chronic pain online learning module. General
  • English,
  • French
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) COVID-19 information and resources for Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous
Peoples
  • English,
  • French
Breaking Free Online (BFO) Online treatment and recovery program to help address substance use disorders. General
  • English,
  • French
Bridge the gApp (Adults) Adult online resources to support mental wellness. General English only
Bridge the gApp (Youth) Online resource designed to support youth mental wellness. Youth English only
Canada COVID-19 mobile app COVID-19 self-assessment tool and app. General
  • English,
  • French
Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) COVID-19 information resources for people living with arthritis. General English only
Canadian Medical Association Resources for physicians and the public to navigate virtual health care and wellness, as well as clinical practice during COVID-19. Health Care Providers
  • English,
  • French
The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network Resource database to support people who are isolated and living with mobility challenges General English only
Canadian Pharmacists Association COVID-19 Resources
  • Health Care Providers,
  • General
English only
Children's Healthcare Canada COVID-19 resources including hospital preparedness, planning guidelines, and more. Youth
  • English,
  • French
Exceptional importation and sale of drugs in relation to COVID-19: Tier 3 drug shortages Information on Tier 3 shortages, which have the greatest potential impact on Canada's drug supply and health care system. General
  • English,
  • French
First Nations Health Authority COVID-19 web portal designed to help BC First Nations peoples, their health care providers and community leaders. Indigenous
Peoples
English only
Government of Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) COVID-19 resources and information. General
  • English,
  • French
Government of Canada: Taking care of your mental health (COVID-19) Information about taking care of your mental health during COVID-19. General
  • English,
  • French
HELP_AB A patient-driven education and advocacy group offering online and over-the-phone support. General English only
Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada Safety Bulletin - Strategies for Safer Telephone & Other Verbal Orders in Defined Circumstances (Volume 20, Issue 4, May 7, 2020) Health Care Providers English only
Kids Help Phone Professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for young people. Youth
  • English,
  • French
L'Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (AQDC) Resources for people living with chronic pain. General
  • English,
  • French
Magic App: The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Recommendations, evidence summaries and consultation decision aids for use in practice. Healthcare providers English only
March of Dimes Canada (English-only web page) Post-Polio Support Groups General
  • English,
  • French
McMaster University-Health Sciences (machealth) Downloadable handout of self-help resources for managing chronic pain   mental health including online resources and apps General English only
McMaster University - Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre Tools and resources for patients and clinicians. General
  • English,
  • French
Mental Health Commission of Canada Listing of external COVID-19 resources. General
  • English,
  • French
Morning Star Lodge: Indigenous Community-Based Health Research Lab COVID-19 fact sheet and the Protecting Our Home Fires Strategy for Indigenous Communities, including activities for those practicing social distancing. Indigenous
Peoples
  • English,
  • French
Morning Star Lodge - Indigenous Community-Based Health Research Lab Processing Grief During COVID-10 Fact Sheet Indigenous Peoples English only
National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health Fact Sheet: Maintaining the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and teens during COVID-19. Indigenous Peoples English only
Online Therapy Unit Free mental health online courses and resources. General English only
PAIN BC COVID-19 news, information, and resources specifically for people in pain. General English only
PARC-Promoting Awareness of RSD and CRPS in Canada Resources for those living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). General English only
Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) Pain management apps and online resources. Youth English only
The Hospital for Sick Children Learning hub for children living with pain. Youth English only
The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain Information and considerations on managing patients with chronic pain during the COVID-19 outbreak, and
the rapid introduction of remotely supported (e-health) pain management services.
Healthcare providers English only
Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI) Hub for chronic pain care with resources for both patients and health care providers. General Available in several languages
University of British Columbia Publication: "Taking care of each other during COVID-19: Peer support for physicians." Healthcare providers English only
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support Connects Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls. General
  • English,
  • French
World Endometriosis Society Advice for people with endometriosis during COVID General English only
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