Dwayne Johnson opens up about saving his mother from committing suicide when he was 15

Suicide is the heart-wrenching devil that has the power to break people and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson knows it too well. In a powerful Instagram post, Dwayne decided to open up about an incident which took place decades ago but whose memories still live with him like it happened yesterday. 

Dwayne recalled how his mother tried to commit suicide when he was 15 (Instagram)

Dwayne is currently shooting for HBO's Ballers and it so happened that one of the scenes from the show calls for Dwayne to open a can of beer while remembering his late brother. The actor is well aware that it isn't a common scene one would get to see on television and that happened to be the reason he decided to talk about his experience with his fans. "Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide," he wrote while remembering the incident of his mother trying to commit suicide when he was 15.

The Fast and Furious actor confessed that that at some point or the other people have been in a situation where they have experienced their loved ones struggle to keep on going with life. He added that the pain is like no other. "Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by the suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another," he continued. 

The actor then spoke about a personal experience that he had when he was 15. "My mom tried to check out when I was 15," he wrote. "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." 

Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (R) and mother Ata Johnson (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that Dwyane, being just 15 at that time panicked and did what every child would do, he tried to save his mother any way he could. "I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road," he wrote. In a surprising turn of events, even though Dwayne remembers every bit of detail regarding that event, his mother, Ata Johnson, does not. 

"What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t. Shits of a scene to shoot - didn’t like it," he further wrote. Dwayne added that he wasn't keen on doing the shoot for the scene but it was that moment which reminded him that it is important for one to always pay attention to how others feel around them. 

"It did remind me that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain," Dwayne wrote. He also requested his fans and others to always listen to someone who was in pain and be there for them in every little way one could. 

Dwayne Johnson and Ata Johnson attend Paramount Pictures' World Premiere of 'Baywatch'  (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)

He concluded his post saying, "help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case. Previously, the actor had opened up about his struggles with depression. While sharing his own experience, he told others how one should not feel that they are alone. 

"I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone,” Johnson said on the OWN network’s “Oprah’s Master Class” series. “You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it … I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK." The actor has only one advice for all his fans and that is, "hold on to that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good.” 

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