Saybrook University student Monisha Rios tells us about her experiences as a U.S. veteran, concerns with the mental health industry, and how Saybrook has helped her.
Tell us about what life was life before Saybrook:
The foundation for my work was laid by my personal experiences in seeking services from the VA. It all began in 1998. I was freshly discharged from the Army and fully equipped with advice from one of my drill sergeants. She told me to go straight to the VA for counseling as soon as I got out, since going to mental health on active duty was certain death for your career. I did as instructed but was turned away because, according to the staff member I spoke with, despite my having been sexually harassed and assaulted multiple times, I had not been penetrably raped, so therefore I did not “deserve” to ask for help. To make matters worse, they told me I was not eligible for any care because I was discharged before 24 months, even though my service was honorable. The Army told me I was a veteran deserving of care, why was the VA disagreeing? The only way I could get care at that point was if I had been medically discharged or attained a disability rating. Since I had been conveniently denied a medical board evaluation prior to discharge there was only one choice. On I went through the ridiculous claims process.
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Tell us a little about your background.
I have had a 25 year career as a Business Technology leader in healthcare and financial services for a number of fortune 100 companies. As a transformational Business Executive I led strategic projects integrating core new business functions that leveraged creativity expertise to drive unparalleled enterprise success. Using next-generation technologies and operational excellence, I led teams that created one of the first electronic medical records in the 90s and one of the first mobile applications in financial services in the early 2000s along with many other innovations. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Psychology with a focus on Organizational Creativity.
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1.) "Can science put a value on art?" by BBC: Click here to listen: "Brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder affect tens of thousands of US veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is known that art therapies can help with the psychological effects of these invisible wounds, but can they promote physical healing? A top military hospital near Washington is conducting the first comprehensive clinical tests to find out how art works."
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1.) "Creativity Tied To Mental Illnesses Like Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia in New Swedish Study" by LiveScience: Click here to read: "Last year, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet near Stockholm found that families with a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia were more likely to produce artists and scientists.