See how Rebekah Miles addresses depression with one clever tattoo
People get tattoos on different parts of the body for different reasons. To some, tattoos are the best way to self-expression. Some people decide to get tattoos to look cool; some as a way of creating a unique fashion statement; some to show they belong to a group; and others as a unique form of self-expression.
However, not all tattoos convey a story. The story behind Rebekah Mile’s tattoo is something that everyone should know. Continue reading to know the hidden message behind her tattoo.
1 Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles, 21, is a student at George Fox University in Oregon, who has been suffering from depression for 20 years. After being diagnosed with depression, she decided to get her thigh inked with a curly scripted phrase that says, “I’m Fine” to start a conversation about depression.
She has been suffering from depression for many years but did not know how to tell people about her sickness. Now, she uses her tattoo as a declaration; telling the world to start a conversation about depression. Her tattoo is inspired by a series of ads by the Samaritans of Singapore and contains a hidden message. The tattoo portrays two messages depending on how it is viewed.
2 Samaritans of Singapore
Samaritans of Singapore is a Singapore-based suicide prevention organization which recently ran a series of ads using ambigrams to create awareness about depression. The print ads feature ambigrams that convey a positive message.
3 Rebekah’s Tattoo
Her tattoo portrays two positive messages depending on which angle you view it from. The tattoo on her thigh appears to say, “I’m Fine” when read by someone facing her but from her perspective, the same tattoo says, “Save Me.” In a conversation with Rebekah Miles, she said, “the nights I begin to cry because I feel so overwhelmed, even though everything is going right Mental illness is serious, but so shamed in our society and that is seriously messed up. Mental illness is not a choice and will likely hit everyone at some point in their life. If it’s such a huge issue, why aren’t we having a conversation about it?”
4 Letter to her parents
At first, Rebekah was very nervous about how their parents would react once they knew about her tattoo. On her Facebook timeline, she wrote, “Dear mom and dad, please don’t kill me over this permanent choice. I want you to hear me out.” Her post received millions of likes and has been shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook.
Depression is a very serious issue. To create awareness, this serious mental issue should be discussed.