We are a collective group of independent treatment providers from around the world who came together to bring mental health and addiction to the forefront of the healthcare industry. We have collectively taken the responsibility to create ethical standards of quality care to improve the treatment industry.
For far too long, mental health and addiction have taken a back seat. Today with the increasing death rates rising due to overdose or suicide we have come together to bring these issues to the center stage. We are a group of multidisciplinary individual providers or treatment facilities who are vowing to work together as a single coalition to create change within our industry.
We will create this change in a few ways. We will work together to push forward initiatives and policies that raise the standards of care for behavioral health to equal that of medical healthcare. We will also continue to raise the bar for standard of care by highlighting quality and ethical providers through support and unification we will hope to bring light on those doing the best care practices supported by modern research.
If you think about when someone gets cancer, everyone in their circle of family and friends stops what they are doing posts about prayers, wears ribbons, bakes a casserole, etc. it is beautiful. But this is not how we treat a person inflicted with mental health or addiction. There are no casseroles delivered to the mom who’s son just overdosed.
Another way the coalition will work together is to shift the narrative of behavioral health issues in this country by making all efforts to decrease the stigma of mental health and substance abuse. The reason we keep having people die from these treatable illnesses is due to us leaving this in the shadow of shame or fear.
It is time to move from darkness into the light. ICOTP will work together to shine the light through multiple international initiatives to lift this issue to every platform and every stage so it may become something we can all talk about without the shame and fear.
We can make this an illness that deserves the support and compassion of those around us.
Lastly education and prevention are the best tools for us to combat this illness from progressing into further generations.
We will be working with education and prevention initiatives to create a support system that works with young population and parents so they can better identify early warning signs, prevention plans, and intervention when needed. We will be collaborating in schools, after school programs. These and so much more is what our coalition is all about.