Free Your Mind was founded in 2013 by Natasha Benjamin after Natasha herself suffered a mental health breakdown following the fallout of her own lived experience of witnessing Domestic Abuse at home. Natasha is not only our founder, but our Managing Director and Lead Practitioner, having helped thousands of children herself in the last ten years. Natasha says “All children and young people witnessing Domestic Abuse are being emotionally abused”.
The Free Your Mind journey began after Natasha considered suicide after struggling with depression following the trauma of witnessing Domestic Abuse as a child, combined with a series of events including being in a car accident and becoming unwell. Fortunately Natasha started a blog to help herself and to help others, and that’s where Free Your Mind was born. Natasha has since trained as a qualified Child & Adolescent Peer Support Worker, and Certified Trauma Professional (IAOTH CTP, BPS) and grown Free Your Mind into an organisation that now has a team of practitioners that support hundreds of children and young people through the same trauma she experienced.
Natasha and Free Your Mind have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines, including The Sun, The Mirror and Glamour Magazine. In 2019, Natasha was the winner of TV and Lorraine Kelly’s ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’ award and was also selected by BBC Radio 4’s Womens’ Hour as an ‘Inspirational Woman’ to watch. You can watch the video of Natasha receiving her award here Natasha Benjamin is named Lorraine’s Inspirational Woman of the Year | Lorraine (itv.com).