OREGON (WTXF) - A woman suffering from depression got an optical illusion tattoo to show how it feels to grapple with the illness.
Bekah Miles lives in Oregon. She received a tattoo that from the front appears to say “I’m fine”, but when read from above reads “Save me.”
21-year-old Miles posted a photo of the tattoo to Facebook on August 24 and so far it has garnered more than 350,000 likes and 290,000 shares.
The woman posted the image of the tattoo along with a caption that pleads with her mother and father to not “kill her” over the decision.
She also wrote, “Today, I am coming out with something that only few of you know.
“I am ready to have a conversation about my mental illness. Last year, I was diagnosed with depression.
“And in all honesty, I believe it was a problem for quite a while before that, but I think it just got worse to the point of hardly functioning.
“So today, I got this tattoo. I feel that my leg was the best place for the meaning behind it.
“When everyone else sees it, they see “I’m fine,” but from my viewpoint, it reads “save me.”
“To me, it means that others see this person that seems okay, but, in reality, is not okay at all.
“It reminds me that people who may appear happy, may be at battle with themselves.”
After the overwhelming response she received, Miles wrote a status addressing the feedback.
“I never expected it to go beyond my friends and family. I thought reaching out to them was enough, but I am completely and utterly in awe of how far this has travelled,” she wrote.
“This is exactly what I wanted - to reach out to people and let them know that they are not alone.
“Clearly, 24,000 people and counting feel the exact same way. Please keep sharing and spreading the awareness.
“This is the only way to get some real change in the stigma.”