The Fall of Damar Hamlin: PTSD, the Mental Health Challenge for the Bills, Bengals

The Fall of Damar Hamlin: PTSD, the Mental Health Challenge for the Bills, Bengals

The Fall of Damar Hamlin: PTSD, the Mental Health Challenge for the Bills, Bengals

Kevin Chapman briefly stepped away from watching Monday’s Bills-Bengals game at his home in the Louisville area when his phone started buzzing. Text messages alerted him to the news that Bills safety Damar Hamlin had a cardiac arrest on the field.

Returning to the television, Chapman, a licensed psychologist and director of the Kentucky Center for Anxiety and related Disorders, felt himself going into clinical mode while following an ESPN live stream. “I immediately thought of the players who witnessed it,” says Chapman, a former Division III player. “I was like, ‘Shoot, this could be a budding trauma. They will have to take care of their mental health.”

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