Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson Gives Mental-Health Advice: ‘Speak Up if You Feel Depressed’

Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson on Oprah’s Master Class
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson on Oprah’s Master Class

Dwayne Johnson may be made of pure muscle, but even the former wrestler has had bouts of depression during his life. On a recent episode of Oprah's Master Class, Johnson discusses how he coped with depression.

"I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you're not alone," Johnson explains. "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.' "

On Thursday, Johnson continued to give advice about depression to his social media followers.


"Hardest thing sometimes (especially men) is asking for help. I wish I did. You're never alone. Speak up," he tweeted.

The expectant father said that his first bout of depression happened in 1995 when he was cut from the Calgary Stampeders, a Canadian Football League team. Although he was a standout player at the University of Miami, the former WWF star never got to fulfill his NFL dreams.

Johnson gave credit to his faith, as well as family, when it came to helping him battle depression. "Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good," he tweeted.

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