Last week, Bekah Miles from Canby, Ore., posted a photo of her new ink, but it wasn't any ordinary design. Nor was it an ordinary post.
If you're facing her, the tattoo reads "I'm fine." But when Miles looks down at her leg, the tattoo actually reads "Save Me." She wrote in the post she got it to spark a conversation about mental health.
"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," she wrote. "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.'"
She went on to explain what depression means to her and that her tattoo will force her to talk about her experience, as more people need to learn about mental health.
"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."
How'd she come up with the idea?
She got inspired after seeing the design featured on a suicide prevention website.
She thought it'd be a great way to start a conversation, to help herself and others.
"This forces me to talk about my own struggle, and why the awareness of it is important. You'd be surprised by how many people YOU know that struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental illness," she wrote.
And she's correct. A whopping 42.5 million Americans have some form of mental illness.
There's this stigma that those with mental illnesses can just "be happy" or "get over it," but that isn't the case. So many people are suffering silent battles that they don't have to — they're not as alone as they think they are.
"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 this conversation about it?" she wrote.
The 294,629 people that shared her status and the 53,107 people who "liked" it apparently agree.
Let the conversation continue.