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 [...]

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 [...]

13 Reasons Why We MUST Talk About Teen Mental Health

13 Reasons Why We MUST Talk About Teen Mental Health Last year, the New York Times reported that the suicide rate in the United States had hit a 30 year high, particularly affecting adolescent girls. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young adults ages 15-24, and reports state that most teens [...]

Have you heard of the Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACE Study?

Have you heard of the Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACE Study? Western Youth Services (WYS) has been a hub for Children's Mental Health in Orange County, California since October 1972, treating children, youth and families facing trauma and stress. While we were aware that the study existed, it was not until we watched Dr. [...]