I’m an Ambassador for an amazing organisation called Free Your Mind.
I was first introduced to the founder, Natasha Benjamin, via a mutual friend on Facebook. I was interested in the work she was doing and invited her for a telephone interview for an article I wanted to write. That was way back when I used to write for NUBI Magazine but since then, Natasha and I have kept in touch and have become friends.
When she asked me to be an Ambassador for FYM, I was honoured. FYM supports children and young people who have been affected by domestic violence, raising awareness of the mental heal implications, through talks, workshops, training, blogs and much more.
Ever since my initial conversation with Natasha, it has given me much thought about my own childhood and the similarities to hers. I wondered if I would ever be brave enough to talk about how I grew up and what I experienced and lived with. I wondered if I would ever be ready to speak about the unspoken, opting to bring the light the very private parts of my life.
My inner child has suffered and in silence I have kept her, but I have experienced the impact of not having an opportunity to speak out and now I want to make a change. I want to give myself peace. I want to release some of the weight I have been carrying about my whole life. I want to release. I want to make sense of the emotions that I have been unable to make sense of. I know talking about it will invoke memories but I want to remember so I can understand me now better. I want to inspire somebody with my story just like Natasha inspired me with hers. I’ve sat in a room and listened to people share their testimonies, talk about being sexually abused and living in a home of violence and terror, and just thought quietly to myself “Me too.” I always assumed that I wouldn’t find the courage to share my testimony or there would be no opportunity to even think about doing it.
However, that opportunity has arrived. Next month I will be travelling down to London to speak at the City Hall as a Free Your Mind Ambassador. I’m going to stand up in a grand venue in a room full of people and tell them my story. I’m going to do it and I will be scared and excited at the same time, but I won’t be alone. I won’t be alone.
Come and join us. Thursday 27th August 2015. City Hall, London. 6pm-9.30pm. Tickets are available for you to buy here and I would LOVE to see you there.