This Viral Tattoo Illustrates Depression In A Nutshell

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Depression is a kind of disorder that may affect anyone. And those who suffer from it are sometimes the last people you'd expect.

Bekah Miles / Facebook
Bekah Miles / Facebook

While the Semicolon Project continues to raise awareness with depression, a college student from Oregon expresses her battle with depression differently. Bekah Miles, who studies at George Fox University, shared a tattoo she recently got which was based from an inner battle she have had for a long time. At first glance, Bekah seemed to be just like any other twenty-year-old university student who likes cats and Lana del Rey. But everyone is ‘just like any other’ until you get to know the real them.

Fox 12 Oregon
Fox 12 Oregon
Bekah
Bekah

Bekah shared a photo of her new tattoo in a confession posted on Facebook last month, 23rd of August. In the lengthy post, she started off with “Dear mom and dad, please don’t kill me over this permanent choice. I want you to hear me out.” She revealed the diagnosis she has received last year about her mental health. Bekah, as she suspected, has been suffering from depression.

Bekah Miles / Facebook
Bekah Miles / Facebook

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Little did the twenty-year-old know that through her tattoo, she opened up a whole conversation about depression which had gotten so many people to open up about the subject, including stars like Ashton Kutcher and Zooey Deschanel. This also reminded people of the late, loved Robin Williams and his choice to leave the world with so many questions left unanswered, disheartening millions of people on that day in August of 2014.

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Fox 12 Oregon

Upon finding how big her post, which had been shared more than 355,000 times at the time of writing, had become, she posted a following statement expressing how she felt about all that has been happening. “This is exactly what I wanted--to reach out to people and let them know that they are not alone,” she wrote. Ending it with, “Please, please, please don't stop the conversation. It needs to keep going.”

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Fox 12 Oregon
Save me tattoo
Save me tattoo

The college student's tattoo design, which is an ambigram, played a big part in getting across what depression is like through a tattoo. “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,” she explains.

by Edwin Marin of Evol Arts Studio in Los Angeles, CA
by Edwin Marin of Evol Arts Studio in Los Angeles, CA
Example of a word ambigram tattoo.
Example of a word ambigram tattoo.

An ambigram is a word, art form or other symbolic representation, whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation. The meaning of the ambigram may either change, or remain the same, when viewed or interpreted from different perspectives.

Robin Williams / Facebook
Robin Williams / Facebook

Bekah ended her post with this quote from Robin Williams that hit too close to home: “I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”

Depression isn't a taboo topic. It has a large scope which extends to other things people rarely talk about such as suicide and mental health. Sensitive as it is, it's something that should be discussed not only on the web, but also in schools, universities, among others. It's a long shot, but you never know who needed somebody to speak out. Miles happened to do it through her tattoo — which may have potentially saved a life.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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