While on the set of his HBO comedy show, “Ballers,” actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared a rather tragic photo from a scene he was filming.
As Johnson explained on Instagram, it wasn’t a “typical scene” for him:
Not your typical scene on our comedy “Ballers,” as I cracked a beer open toasting my brother William who committed suicide. Got me thinking though about how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another. […]
Sh*ts of a scene to shoot – didn’t like it – but it did [remind me] that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help them thru it, get them talking about the struggle and remind them that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.
Then the father of three got personal and relived the time his mother attempted suicide when he was just 15 years old.Dwayne Johnson/Instagram
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’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.
A few moments later, Johnson lightened the mood on Instagram by sharing a video of him interacting with his middle child, Jasmine Lia.
The actor explained his baby girl was just the “therapy” he needed after an emotional work day.
His post continued:
After a very long and fatiguing day of work, the battle of wills between me and my baby, Jasmine Lia was just the mental therapy I needed. When she throws the cup and pretends to be sad…she’s rewriting the psychological chess game, that I thought I mastered. Think again, daddy.
There’s nothing quite like the bond between a father and his daughter to help make everything feel right again.
If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide, please call the suicide hotline prevention at 1-800-273-8255.