BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After seeing what happened to Bills safety Damar Hamlin during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, is it normal to feel anxiety ahead of the next game?

Tracy Sherman, a licensed mental health counselor, says it is.

“I’m sure a lot of people feel very overwhelmed and maybe even dread watching the game, which I would recommend possibly listening to the game instead of watching it,” Sherman said.

Sherman believes that when we see harm come to somebody in real life, versus in a movie, for instance, it reminds us that we’re all human.

“The best thing we can do is either talk it through with a lot of people, ask for some emotional support. Everybody, I think, is feeling the same thing, so I think it’s okay to feel that way,” Sherman said about feeling anxious or nervous.

If you’re coping with trauma, here are some ways you can reach out for help:

  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988 (call or text)
  • Text “Home” to 741741 to talk with a counselor

Hear the advice Sherman has for parents, and learn more about available resources for help in the video above.

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