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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the epitome of a Hollywood tough guy, but in a new interview, he talks about a painful time in his life.

Speaking with Express, Johnson opened up about his mother's and his struggles with depression. Months after being evicted from their apartment, the then-15-year-old Johnson saved his mom from a suicide attempt.

"She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic," he told Express. "I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road."


Johnson and his mother, Ata Johnson, in 2016. Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for HBO.

Some time later, his own football career in shambles, Johnson felt the painful pull of depression himself. "I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly," he said, explaining how he and his mother's experiences helped inspire a sense of empathy for others. "We both healed, but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain. We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone."

Johnson previously addressed his depression in a 2015 segment for "Oprah's Master Class."

That video included some great tips about helping yourself and helping others get through tough times in life. Most importantly, it's a call to remember that you are not alone.

"I've found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you're not alone," he says in the video. "You're not the first to go through it, you're not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes — it happens — you feel like you're alone. And you feel like it's only you. And you're in your bubble. And I wish I'd had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, 'Hey, it's going to be OK. ... It'll be OK.'"

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There's a lot of stigma surrounding depression, anxiety, and mental illness. That's why it's so important for people to speak up and bust myths.

A lot of people (wrongly) view depression as a sign of weakness, which makes it that much more important for people like Johnson, people who have a reputation for their strength, to use their platforms to help change how people view depression. In March, Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love wrote a powerful essay about mental illness, accomplishing just that. The reason this is so important is that stigma keeps people from getting the help they need.

There's no shame in living with depression. Have a problem with that? Take it up with The Rock.

Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for HBO.

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A child’s mental health concerns shouldn’t be publicized no matter who their parents are

Even politicians' children deserve privacy during a mental health crisis.

A child's mental health concerns shouldn't be publicized.

Editor's Note: If you are having thoughts about taking your own life, or know of anyone who is in need of help, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 200+ crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.


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