World AS Day is an annual day dedicated to people with Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA) globally. It will be recognized on Saturday May 8 this year. On World AS Day, members of a number of countries organize activities around the world to raise awareness of Axial Spondyloarthritis and related conditions.
The Canadian Spondylitis Association is pleased to once again participate in World AS Day on Saturday 8th May 2021. Despite pandemic-related difficulties, World AS Day 2020 was extremely successful and we hope to make 2021 even more successful. We are proud to one of the many countries taking part again this year. Raising awareness and sharing global messaging has proven to add to the success of the campaigns.
Axial Spondyloarthritis affects millions of people around the world. The aim of World AS Day is to raise the profile of this disease and increase awareness of the effect it has on people’s lives as it impacts not only physical but mental health as well.
Axial Spondyloarthritis is still a relatively unknown disease. On World AS Day, we spread information about axSpA to raise awareness.
Connecting with each other, being together
We want this day to be one where we all connect with each other to support and care. This can be anything from joining a virtual event, reacting to social media posts or sharing your own stories with people in your communities.
The main theme World AS Day 2021 is:
TOGETHER – axSpA and Emotional Wellness
The main theme has been divided into three categories, and we’ve provided the following resources to help:
- Learn: Mental health, emotional wellness and Axial Spondyloarthritis.
- Manage: How to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Learn tips to improve your Emotional Wellness.
- Support: How to seek help and support for your Emotional Wellness and the benefits of connecting with others.
We’ve put together the following resources for you:
- What is Spondyloarthrtitis?
- How does nutrition play a role in inflammation and emotional well being?
- How is mental health different when dealing with chronic illness?
- Covid-19 Information
- Support Groups in Canada
- General Resources
For more information on World AS DAY 2021 – World A.S. Day – ASIF