General BC Resources
Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre
The Bill Nelems Pain & Research Centre began in Kelowna, British Columbia, and is a pain management clinic specializing in procedural, medical, and rehabilitative interventions for chronic pain. They now represent a network of affiliated clinics across the southern interior of British Columbia. They facilitate online pain education and host webinars on various aspects of pain and pain management. See the links below:
Self-Management BC (University of Victoria) provides free education and self-management programs for adults experiencing ongoing physical or mental health issues, including chronic pain. Programs are offered over a span of six weeks and are available to all British Columbians online, by telephone and by mail.
The Arthritis Society provides free evidence-based information, resources and online tools for people living with arthritis, including webinars, workshops, articles and other online learning opportunities.
BC Women’s Hospital Complex Chronic Diseases Program
The Complex Chronic Diseases Program provides patient and symptom-centered care to people living with chronic diseases, including chronic pain, with the support of an interprofessional team of health care providers. The program can be accessed through a referral from a primary care provider (e.g. physician, nurse practitioner, naturopathic doctor or specialist).
Family Caregivers of BC
This is a non-profit organization that is leading the efforts to provide support, information, and education to caregivers across the province. Resources include, but are not limited to:
• Virtual support groups for caregivers
• Caregivers Out Loud podcast
Neil Squire Society
The Neil Squire Society uses technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians living with disabilities. Their free programs offer an opportunity for people with disabilities to develop computer skills, build their employment skills and re-enter or enter the workforce. They also provide assistive technology services to help remove any technology barriers that people living with disabilities may otherwise experience.
Canada Pain Toolkit
This not-for-profit has a mission of providing an enhanced quality of life for people and their families living with persistent pain through self-management programs and peer support. There are online resources and self-guided sections to work through.
Tame the Beast
This is a useful online resource with a clear video explanation of persistent pain, as well as lots of other useful information. There are real patient stories to listen to, as well as some self-guided resources.