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.

Resilience: an Antidote to Embarrassment and Shame

Resilience: an Antidote to Embarrassment and Shame Many emotions occur as teens are developing their sense of self and finding their confidence; some struggle with embarrassment and shame. Research notes that it is during this time of life that our propensity to compare ourselves to others, self-reflect and feel sensitivity toward other people’s opinions [...]

By |2018-10-01T22:33:27+00:00October 1st, 2018|ACEs and Resilience|0 Comments

Understanding Teen Loneliness and Social Isolation

Understanding Teen Loneliness and Social Isolation One of the joys and horrors for adolescents is navigating the many transitions they experience in a very short period of time. There are transitions and changes to educational environments we can all remember, such as moving from middle school to high school and then on to college [...]

By |2018-07-10T18:06:14+00:00July 10th, 2018|Mental Health Awareness|0 Comments

How Teachers Can Improve Youth Mental Health and Well-Being

How Teachers Can Improve Youth Mental Health and Well-Being Teachers and school administration are well positioned to identify students that exhibit early warning signs of an emerging mental health condition. Educators make a significant and lasting difference in the lives of these children. Empathy, active listening, and kindness are all important for maintaining a mentally [...]

By |2018-04-16T15:43:14+00:00April 15th, 2018|School-Based|1 Comment

9 Ways to Strengthen Resiliency and Prevent Instances of Mental Illness in Youth

9 Ways to Strengthen Resiliency and Prevent Instances of Mental Illness There are certain factors, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) like abuse, neglect and family dysfunction that increase the likelihood of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As we have witnessed and experienced, these childhood adversities can have [...]

By |2018-04-10T19:49:18+00:00April 10th, 2018|ACEs and Resilience|0 Comments

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+00:00March 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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 [...]