Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Stress

Do you believe holidays cause stress? Having just gone through the Thanksgiving holiday and looking at the number of calls our patrol officers responded, I believe it’s a fact.

From 12:00 a.m. on Thursday November 24 to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 27, our officers responded to 43 disturbance calls, 12 of which were on Thanksgiving Day itself.

We typically see an uptick in domestic violence and child abuse calls during this time of year, holiday stress is likely the contributing factor. Our country’s current economic conditions may increase stress levels even higher.

Because of this I feel it would be a good time to remind people of some of the resources available in our area to assist in a time of need. The following local organizations have 24 hour hotlines staffed with people who may assist you.

Johnson County Mental Health

24hr Emergency Services 913-268-0156

SAFEHOME

24hr Emergency Services 913-262-2868

MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault)

24hr Emergency Services 913-642-0233