About Lorry Leigh Belhumeur

Lorry Leigh Belhumeur, Ph.D is the CEO of Western Youth Services, a non-profit organization based in Orange County, CA whose mission is to advance awareness, cultivate success and strengthen communities through integrated mental health services for children and their families.

How to Overcome Emotional Neglect in Childhood

How to Overcome Emotional Neglect in Childhood Family relationships are complex and there are a wide range of issues that fall under the label of family dysfunction. Most people associate it with big events, such as witnessing domestic violence, living through divorce or separation of a parent/caregiver, addictive behaviors, domestic abuse, and/or mental health [...]

By | 2018-03-14T17:15:54+00:00 March 14th, 2018|ACEs and Resilience|0 Comments

How Resiliency Transforms the Impact of Peer Pressure

How Resiliency Transforms the Impact of Peer Pressure Friends and peers are an important part of growing up and can bring positive influence and important and supportive relationships into a child’s life. On the flip-side there is peer pressure which can open the door to bullying, cyber-bullying, shame, self-doubt, negative body image, self-harm and [...]

By | 2018-02-22T21:36:54+00:00 January 31st, 2018|ACEs and Resilience|0 Comments

How to Empower Children by Building Their Resiliency Muscle

How to Empower Children by Building Their Resiliency Muscle January is National Mentoring month and this month’s article makes the connection between Mentoring and Resiliency. Did you know that childhood trauma is an epidemic? That one in five children has a diagnosable mental health condition? That childhood trauma is associated, in many cases, with lifelong health and mental health [...]

By | 2018-02-22T21:40:43+00:00 January 8th, 2018|ACEs and Resilience|0 Comments

Creating Resilient Holiday Traditions

Creating Resilient Holiday Traditions Although there are many holidays throughout the year, the concentration of days that are celebrated in November and December can make this a challenging season for those living with a mental health concern. What is meant to be the happiest time of the year, for some is filled with unrealistic expectations [...]

Kindness is Contagious

Kindness is Contagious Scientific American published an article titled “Kindness Contagion - Witnessing kindness inspires kindness, causing it to spread like a virus.” The article shares the details of research they conducted on positive conformity. How people will model the behavior of others and if they see them “doing good” they will follow suit. Sometimes [...]

By | 2017-11-07T15:54:46+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Mental Health Awareness|0 Comments

Teenage Anxiety a Rapidly Growing Mental Health Concern

Teenage Anxiety a Rapidly Growing Mental Health Concern A recent article in the NY Times titled: Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? sheds light on how anxiety is the most common mental-health disorder affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents and adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. “Anxiety [...]

By | 2017-10-31T15:03:11+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Mental Health Awareness|0 Comments

The Impact of Childhood Domestic Violence

The Impact of Childhood Domestic Violence Let’s start with statistics of Childhood Domestic Violence, which are heartbreaking. A study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that every year an estimated 3.3 million to 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence in their home. ChildStats.gov indicates that there are 73.8 [...]

Teachers are Mental Health Champions

Teachers are Mental Health Champions Mental health is perhaps one of the most important yet severely overlooked obstacles to children’s ability to learn. For children and teens, signs of mental illness often manifest first in their performance and behavior at school. Teachers may observe a student’s difficulty concentrating, chronic absence, low achievement, disruptive behavior, [...]

By | 2017-10-02T21:23:02+00:00 September 24th, 2017|School-Based|0 Comments