Throughout his numerous appearances in sporting events or blockbuster films, The Rock is often portrayed as either a macho man or a friendly giant. For that reason, many loyal viewers are surprised to find out that The Rock actually struggled with depression on multiple instances.
Johnson saw the effects of depression from a young age, when he saved his mother from her attempted suicide. After being evicted from their apartment, Johnson's mother attempted to walk into oncoming traffic, only to be jerked out of the way by Johnson before a car struck.
As for The Rock himself, Johnson originally wanted to pursue a career in (American) football, before suffering numerous injuries which rendered him unable to pursue his passion. Shortly thereafter, his girlfriend left him, sending him into an awful state which he describes as "my absolute worst time."
When talking with fans about the path to recovery, The Rock stressed the importance of outreach and awareness, stating: "We’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain. We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone."