Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has opened up about his past struggles with depression and encourages others to seek help when needed.
In a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday, the Fast and Furious actor and entrepreneur urged anyone experiencing their “own version of mental wellness turning into mental hell-ness” to seek help and talk to someone about their experience.
Johnson revealed that he has tragically lost two friends to suicide and emphasized the importance of having the courage to communicate with someone about mental health struggles. He stated that internalizing the pain would not help resolve the issue. Johnson also said that he has tried to equip himself with emotional tools to handle his mental health problems.
Johnson, who had previously talked about his first encounter with depression at the University of Miami, appeared on “The Pivot” podcast. At the time, he had suffered a severe shoulder injury that effectively ended his football career. The Black Adam star said he didn’t want to attend school and eventually left without taking midterms or participating in team meetings. At the time, he didn’t know what mental health or depression was.
Johnson also revealed that he went through a second bout of depression after his divorce but didn’t recognize it until he sought help. Fortunately, he could rely on a group of friends for support. He shared that during those tough times, his daughters were his source of strength and comfort, and being their father was a saving grace for him.
Johnson stated that he recognizes that being their father is the most important thing when he looks at his daughters. He acknowledged that he used to believe men should keep their heads down and work through their struggles, but now he understands the importance of talking to someone.
Johnson will briefly return as Luke Hobbs in the upcoming movie “Fast X.”