The Las Vegas massacre can potentially affect our emotional health. How do we protect the emotional well-being of ourselves and our children as the nation grieves when images of the horror are just a click away?

The Las Vegas massacre can potentially affect our emotional health. How do we protect the emotional well-being of ourselves and our children as the nation grieves?

News partner, News10NBC found answers at Magnolia’s Deli and Café, a popular lunch spot on Park Avenue in Rochester. Two couples who grew up in the Rochester area and have been fast friends for more than 50 years say the key is connection. We spotted them sitting in the middle of the room, engrossed in conversation. They are four whose friendship has spanned more than five decades, ten presidents, and the country's countless conflicts.

"The most important element in your life is your friendships,” said Susan Amrine. She should know. She shares a close friendship with John, her husband of more than 50 years. He sat across from his Irondequoit High School buddy, Gary Benz. He was sitting next to his wife of more than 50 years, Leigh.

The couples say healthy relationships are key to emotional health - especially when the gruesome images of the Las Vegas massacre are as close as your phone.

"We're more exposed to this violence now,” said John, "but we have to be careful."

Even thousands of miles away, a tragedy like in Las Vegas can have an emotional impact

He says we must use are to assure that the violence that dominates news coverage doesn't cloud our perspective. And experts say that's especially true when it comes to our children.

"The videos on people's cell phones are not appropriate for young children”, said Eve Gotham, the director of Child and Youth Services at Rochester Regional Health’s Behavioral Unit. She was referencing the cell phone video witnesses recorded on their cell phones. “And so we as parents need to perhaps turn the TV off and perhaps turn it back on after children have gone to bed."

But no matter how much we try to protect them from those images, it’s likely your kids already know what happened. It's important to ask open ended questions – allowing your child to express himself.

Gotham said you should ask your children questions like, "’Did you hear about what happened in Las Vegas today? How do you feel about it? Tell me what you know.’ That give us information about what we should respond with for our children."

Gotham says it's actually no different than how we as adults should emotionally support each other.

"It's vital to your well-being,” said Susan. “Without friends you have nothing. Without family you have nothing.”

"I worry a bit for our grandchildren, for what the world is coming to,” her friend Leigh chimed in.

But Leigh hopes her grandchildren follow her lead -- relying less on social media and more on a face-to-face connections.

"If you have a problem, you should go to somebody and ask for help, and a lot of people don't do that,” said Leigh’s husband Gary. These four friends have always been there for each other. And therapists say that’s key to our emotional health in times of calm and in times of crisis.

Experts say the images of the Vegas violence are painful. Feeling that pain is normal. But if it begins to affect sleep, eating, or it gets in the way of normal activities, you should seek help for yourself or your kids.