Back in 2014 20-year-old, Bekah Miles was diagnosed with depression. This psychology major at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, struggled with her emotions and self-esteem. She felt trapped. She wasn’t sure how to tell her support system and those close to her about her feelings, and as a result, Miles’s life went on a downswing.
But one day, while attending class, Miles heard her college professor talk about her battle with depression. She tells BuzzFeed,
In a class I had with her, she opened up about her own struggles that she has faced with her own mental illness.
Hearing her words made me realize that even though it can seem like you are the happiest, most intelligent, or down-to-earth human being, everyone has struggles.
I sought her out not long after. She helped me find the right help that I needed.
Inspired by her college professor’s story, Miles made a pivotal decision in her life. She got a tattoo and wrote a Facebook status about her depression that has since gone viral on the platform.
Miles’s tattoo is actually an ambigram. It reads “I’m fine” from most angles, but if you look at from another angle, it can read “save me.” The tattoo is a powerful symbol that represents the struggle of those who deal with depression.
Since posting the status on Facebook, Miles has gone on to become a major voice for those who suffer from mental illnesses. She says,
You’d be surprised by how many people YOU know that struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental illness. I may only be one person, but one can save another…and that’s all I could really ask for.
Learn more about Bekah Miles’s story in the video below.