Who are we and why we
COPING - Derbyshire
Chronic Pain Support Group was primarily formed to attempt to
redress the lack of self help provision within Derbyshire and
surrounding areas for people suffering with the effects of
Pain, and to
attempt to meet ongoing needs of such people who are attending or
have attended the Southern
Derbyshire Pain Management Programmes.
The members of COPING are
all ordinary people, from all walks of life - who have a shared
experience - this being the debilitating effects of chronic
pain. On a personal note, if you feel our provision may be of
benefit to you or someone you know, please feel free to join us via Membership
or email us
We believe that the person
who is effectively managing chronic pain is in charge of the pain
and that pain management is primarily about getting
back to normal life.
We accept the absolute need in helping yourself and
therefore reducing reliance on others.
moving away from the sick role of 'disempowered patient' and back
to the positive role of 'individual person'.
believe in the positive benefits of holistic medicine,
including natural and alternative treatment/methodologies - and by
association we appreciate the
'medical model of treatment' has its own
believe that the ongoing support of others who experience
and therefore appreciate/understand the debilitating effects of
chronic pain is absolutely vital to the implementation of our
We believe that by developing an awareness of the
motivating factors of our actions, and therefore becoming more
self-aware, we can begin to alter our perception of
We believe that sharing the experiences of others suffering
from chronic pain can reduce feelings of isolation.
We believe in pacing
We believe that the ability to relax
is absolutely essential in managing pain, as in essence -
relaxation and pain are at opposite ends of the wellness
We believe in the positive benefits of exercise
- and that staying as active as possible, within realistic and
achievable limits, can help reduce our perception of discomfort.
We believe It is vital for us to set realistic/achievable
We accept that chronic pain not only involves the sufferer,
but also their family and friends.
COPING is a voluntary run
organization that relies on donations to keep the service
running. If you are an individual or company and wish to
either sponsor this site or help us in some other way, please
contact our chairperson, via firstname.lastname@example.org