Avoid holiday conflicts by taking care of yourself

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Health and safety professionals are encouraging people to take care of themselves before getting together for the holidays.

Therapists at Affiliated Family Counselors treat more clients around the holidays, when stress increases and conflicts arise.

"It's more challenging during the holiday times and I start preparing clients for it as soon as the weather starts turning a little colder. We start talking about it early and we also talk about self care," said Jennifer Keane, licensed therapist.

The Wichita Police Department has investigated 29 criminal homicides this year. During the same time last year, there were 34. In all of 2018, there were 35 criminal homicides.

"It's very sad. There's usually a lot of factors involved in that," said Keane.

Keane has three mental health tips ahead of the holidays.

1. Have realistic expectations
2. Have a positive attitude
3. Take care of yourself

For more tips on mental health from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, click here.

The following are suicide prevention phone numbers:

  • Sedgwick County 911
  • Sedgwick County COMCARE Community Crisis Center at 316-660-7500
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
  • 24-hour emotional listening support line at 1-800-932-4616 

The following are domestic violence prevention organizations in Wichita and Sedgwick County:

  • Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter at 263-6000
  • YWCA Women’s Crisis Center at 263-2313
  • Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center at 263-0185
  • StepStone at 265-1611
  • Women’s Initiative Network at 262-3960
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

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