Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Offers Up Some Insight While Reflecting On His Mother’s Past Suicide Attempt

dwayne johnson talks mothers suicide attempt

Suicide almost took someone VERY precious to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Early on Thursday morning, the 45-year-old actor took to Instagram to reflect on the suicide attempt his mother, Ata Johnson, made 30 years ago. Johnson felt inspired to open up about this tough topic as he was shooting his HBO show, Ballers, in a cemetery.

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The Moana star shared:

Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character├óΓé¼Γäós brother, William who committed suicide. Got me thinkin├óΓé¼Γäó though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We├óΓé¼Γäóve 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├óΓé¼Γäós crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn├óΓé¼Γäót. Shits of a scene to shoot – didn├óΓé¼Γäót like it – but it did reminder that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ├óΓé¼╦£em thru it, get ├óΓé¼╦£em talkin├óΓé¼Γäó about the struggle and remind ├óΓé¼╦£em that they├óΓé¼Γäóre not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain├óΓé¼Γäót always the case.A post shared by therock (@therock) on Feb 1, 2018 at 12:45am PST

Intense stuff. This isn’t the first time that Dwayne’s been candid about his mother’s attempt at suicide.

For OWN‘s Oprah’s Master Class in 2015, the Tinseltown hunk shared similar details about the incident, including that the episode was brought on following a family fight. Man, oh man.

We encourage anyone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

And we thank The Rock for, once again, sharing this story with all of us.

[Image via Dave Starbuck/Future Image/WENN.]

Feb 1, 2018 3:04pm PDT

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