Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has opened up about his battle with depression.
The star has discussed his mental health issues following a recent Instagram post in which he recalled witnessing his mother attempt suicide.
Speaking to The Express, he said: “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed. I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”
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Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide. Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another. My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t. Shits of a scene to shoot – didn’t like it – but it did reminder that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.
As he previously explained in the Instagram post, his mother Ata had tried to kill herself when Johnson was 15 years old by walking into a busy road. “She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic,” he wrote. “Big rigs and cars were swerving out of the way. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.”
He added that his mother has “no recollection” of the incident, saying it was “probably best she doesn’t”.
He also told the paper about his “absolute worst time”, which happened a few years later when his dreams of being a professional football player were ended by multiple injuries. Later, he was recruited for the Canadian Football League, but lasted less than a year. His girlfriend also broke up with him around the same time.
“We both healed, but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain,” he said. “We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”