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.

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-05T16:05:19+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Mental Health|0 Comments

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|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|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 [...]

By | 2017-10-17T18:24:59+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Mental Health|0 Comments

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|Education|0 Comments

Stop the Silence and Stigma of Suicide

Stop the Silence and Stigma of Suicide The most powerful tool that we have in preventing suicide is showing care, compassion, and empathy to those contemplating it. Stop the Stigma of Suicide Take, for example, the raw and real stories shared on the website Live Through This which contains a collection of portraits and [...]

By | 2017-09-12T13:42:17+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Mental Health|0 Comments

Coping with Going Back to School

Coping with Going Back to School The events leading up to the back to school season can trigger a prior adverse childhood experience. Behavioral or mental health challenges are not a "phase" or “stage” to be outgrown; for many children and teens they are very real. Trauma Experts say that these events are not singular [...]

By | 2017-12-12T16:06:56+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Education|0 Comments

9 Ways to Build Resiliency this Summer

9 Ways to Build Resiliency this Summer Summer is in full swing and many children, teens, and families enjoy leaving the structure of the school year behind them and leaping right into the fun and carefree days of Summer. For some, the change presents a challenge. Structure Feels Safe The wide-open space of Summer can [...]

By | 2017-08-29T21:32:00+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Wellness|0 Comments