Up and Coming: Natasha Benjamin, Free Your Mind

Natasha Benjamin, 32, is founder and chief executive of the charity, which offers emotional and mental health support to children who experience domestic violence

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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