Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Opens Up About Battle With Depression

"You’re not alone."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joins other celebrities in opening up about struggles with mental health. In February, Johnson took to Instagram to share the difficult memory of the moment his mother attempted suicide in front of him. He was just 15 years old. 

"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," the 45-year-old actor revealed. "What's crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn't."

In a recent interview with Express, Johnson explained more about how the experience affected him mentally. "I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly," he said. 

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Johnson says he and his mother have both moved on from that painful time, but that it's taught them to be empathetic toward others who may be suffering from depression. 

"We both healed, but we've always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain," he told Express. "We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone."

Johnson retweeted the story on Sunday thanking those who responded to his interview. "Got tons of responses to this. Thank you. We all go thru the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates," he wrote. "Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You're not alone." 

A fan thanked the actor for sharing his experience with depression so openly. "I know it will help a lot of people to see someone so confident that also had issues with it," he wrote. "Myself included."

Unsurprisingly, Johnson responded with kindness and empathy. "Hey man I get it. We all go thru the sludge and shit. Stay strong and make sure you're talking to good people about it. Us men have a tendency to hold it in. No shame in getting help and wanting to be better," he replied on Twitter. 

Many other fans responded to thank the actor for speaking openly about mental health issues and reminding people of the importance of asking for help. 

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.

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