National Pain Awareness Week 2023


Transcript - National Pain Awareness week 2023

On screen: The Honourable Ya'ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health.

Minister Saks:

This week is National Pain Awareness week, a time to raise awareness about chronic pain, and the devastating effects it can have on a person's physical and mental health.

On screen: The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health.

Minister Holland:

In Canada, about one in five people live with chronic pain. That's nearly 8 million people whose quality of life can be severely diminished because of pain.

Minister Saks:

Since pain is invisible, properly managing it can be challenging. Family, friends, even sometimes health care workers, might not understand what you are going through. When it goes unmanaged, it can sometimes lead people to turn to harmful ways to manage their pain like higher-risk substance use.

Minister Holland:

This is why our government is working with people living with pain and pain experts across the country to help improve resources and supports for those living with chronic pain.

On screen:

Minister Saks:

We also need to continue raising awareness, breaking down stigma, and recognizing the work that's being done to support people in pain across Canada.

If you are living with pain, know that you are not alone and that there are options out there to help manage your pain.

On screen: Canada Wordmark

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