By Getting Personal, The Rock Delivered An Important Reminder About Suicide Prevention

He was lucky, but "that ain’t always the case."

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide and mental health.

While shooting for Ballers, The Rock was reminded about how "we've all been there on some level or another" in regards to suicide. In a very personal and heartfelt Instagram post, he revealed how he was affected by it, and reminded us to pay attention to warning signs and to be there for those who may be contemplating the taking of their own life.


The photo shows The Rock — whose real name is Dwayne Johnson — cracking open a beer in a graveyard while cameras capture the moment. In what he admits is "not your typical scene" for the HBO comedy, Johnson toasts his brother, William, who committed suicide. Then things get even more telling for him in discussing the suicide attempt of his mother, Ata.

"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," 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."

This admittedly wasn't an easy moment for Johnson, but it was a "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."

The Rock — who previously opened up about how his mom's close brush with tragedy changed him for Oprah's Master Class on OWN in 2015 — notes that, while he got lucky that day, "that ain't always the case." 

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and 44,965 Americans die by suicide each year. The rate of suicide has been on the rise for years and, for every suicide, there are 25 attempted suicides. Johnson's social media post is a reminder that we need to be there for those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts because, as cheesy as it sounds, you could save a life.

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.

(H/T: E! Online)

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