Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a very non traditional movie star, and a show of how you can be masculine but be sensitive. Johnson did a revolutionary thing this week when he gave an interview to Express magazine about his life time struggle with depression. The Rock opened up about witnessing his mother's suicide attempt when he was fifteen -- watching her step out of her car and walk into oncoming traffic as cars swerved out of the way and Dwayne Johnson jumped out and pulled her back in. He added in the interview : “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly… We both healed but 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.” It's an incredible statement from a man who has continued to redefine being an incredible person, and here to discuss it are Shira Lazar, Ryan Mitchell and our special guest, YouTube star Nick Uhas, creator of Nickipedia.
Shira wonders if this experience played a part in the Rock's incredible empathy and his incredible roles in philanthropy. Nick Uhas points out that if someone as strong as the Rock can suffer from depression, then anyone could -- an important message to spread. Ryan talks about how this statement shines an important light on mental health in general -- and the seriousness of the issue, and it's wonderful for him to do this. Martine and Shira talk about how being a tough guy and a successful man talking about this is in itself a revolutionary act.
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