Many young adults deal with significant mental health challenges during college. As a result, colleges offer the option of taking a medical leave of absence to pursue treatment for a semester. But without a stable home to return to, or the ability to pay for expenses, going on medical leave is rarely a realistic option for Scholars.
We set two goals to support Wily Scholars’ mental well-being: to create a fund to pay for therapy, and to step up our support for students who are taking a medical leave.
Where we are
We partnered with board member Cindy Lawry and students at Boston University’s School of Public Health Practicum Program to research the landscape of college mental health medical leaves nationwide. By the end of 2021, we had developed a “first of its kind” medical leave support program for Wily Scholars.
Wily’s medical leave program keeps students connected with coaching and Wily community events, while helping fund their therapy, housing and food.
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