Up and Coming: Natasha Benjamin, Free Your Mind

Natasha Benjamin
Natasha Benjamin

Q What inspired you start the charity?

My own experience. I grew up around domestic violence as a child. I had all kinds of difficulties - when I was in my 20s I was having issues with alcohol and my life was really erratic. It wasn't until I got help for my mental health that I retraced my steps and realised it was down to the trauma I'd experienced as a child. But when my mum and I were going through the situation, all the support was directed at her. I don't remember anyone asking how I was. I started a blog about it and people started emailing me saying they'd had similar experiences but had been speaking about it as their mum's experience, not theirs. That's when I knew this service was needed.

Q What's been most challenging?

I suppose it's been finance, mainly because I'm not into accounting at all. I can wear all the other hats; I can do the PR and the admin and whatever else, but I tend to hand the finance to someone else.

Q What superpower would you like to have?

Some sort of power that would allow me to do everything at once. Super speed or being like a human octopus or some sort of teleporter - I could go to multiple meetings and meet friends at the same time without missing out.

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