Being Brave & Being Heard

12071410_10153566970057348_1342910813_nI’m not an emotional person at all but this is usually because I avoid talking about emotive personal topics.

Last month I spoke at Free Your Mind‘s Hear My Voice event, which aimed to raise awareness of the implications of childhood domestic violence on mental health in adulthood. It was a big step for me to speak so openly about aspects of my childhood

I’ve said many times before that I am a proud ambassador for this organisation and it was an honour to be asked to be part of this powerful event. I knew beforehand that part of my being an ambassador would require me to share my own experiences but I knew it was time. I was ready to let my inner child speak out on matters that evidently cause me pain to talk about.

If you weren’t able to make it, this video highlights the impact of childhood domestic violence in adulthood and how powerful it is for us, as survivors, to share our stories.

It’s one thing to watch/hear me speak, but something else for me to see myself being so upset in a public space. It was not part of my speech but I was open to the possibility that I might become emotional. I didn’t want to block it. I want to heal too. I want to let myself just be and so I did.

This video is powerful to watch. There is pain but there is healing. In that room, there was nothing but love and strength. 

We were in great company and I have to thank Free Your Mind founder Natasha Benjamin for continuing to create safe spaces for us all to talk.

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