After a mental health leave of absence, students seek help returning to campus

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Wesley Lynch was about 150 miles from Mount Holyoke College, and about eight credits away from earning a bachelor’s degree, though she hadn’t been enrolled in school full time in seven years.

She was sitting in front of a desktop Dell in a converted brownstone in New York City, clicking through lessons in an online psychology class about stress, when she heard the word “resilience” for the first time. It resonated.

Lynch had left school just before Christmas in 2011, when she was 22, in the middle of a major depressive episode.