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iphone july 2013 071 Hi and welcome to Subliminal Spaces where my aim is to provide information and commentary on a range of informative and uplifting topics that promote mental health and wellbeing. I draw mainly from literature, poetry, film, image, music, psychology and anthropology as these are the things which often inspire me and which I hope will inspire you all as well.

Mental health is an important topic which will run through many of the posts and significant themes will address Jungian ideas in particular as well as applied therapies. In fact creative, expressive activity as a personal and social resource is the central theme of my recent book with Palgrave, Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health: Service Users’ Perspectives, April 2014.

Another strand of interest is the wide range of self-help literature available and as I come across uplifting material I will share it on the blog. I would like, eventually, to include interviews with wise people who have fostered their own personal growth and some who have created their mental health recovery and shared their experiences through blogs, books and other media.

Explorations in Psychology, Anthropology and Creativity 

Human capacities for creativity, symbolic thought and uplifting experience are my fascination. From fairy tales and films to poems and pictures, from music and books to walking and dance, any number of activities and channels, we all find ways to express our unique selves and our human being and it is also my conviction that this very capacity for symbolic expression helps to make us the person we are and can become. It is also a key aspect of thriving mental health, in fact of all aspects of health from a holistic perspective.

Social support is the other side of the coin to the creative, expressive self and I hope this blog will serve to support others in their quests. It has certainly helped me to channel all the stuff I am thinking and writing about that remains as yet unpublished and to share pieces from the wider blogosphere and literature. Blogging has become a very enjoyable and even calming activity and I hope this little site provides something of interest to readers and fellow bloggers. I also love Facebook and twitter – follow me here Follow @mcdonneller and my CV can be viewed at LinkedIn and Academia.Edu 

A Little Biography

My name is Roberta McDonnell, I am married to Fintan and we have four daughters. I worked as a mental health nurse and health researcher, then trained in social anthropology and ethnography. My post-graduate research brought forth some highly inspiring insights from mental health service users and their experiences of recovery in the context of creative activities and social support and I have been written about this topic recently for a book released in April 2014 by Palgrave.  I love music, films, reading, writing, poetry, songs, cooking, swimming and walking. I have also recently furthered my skills and qualifications in counselling, life coaching and business development; I have launched several creative writing ventures in self-help and literary fiction. Thanks for stopping by and hope you find the work interesting and helpful. 🙂

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  2. The Nameless Wonder
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 09:37:59

    THEY NEED MORE OF YOU, DUDE!

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  3. Siege
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 20:16:50

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely, insightful post.n Your blog is so nice! Have a great day!

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  4. Roberta McDonnell
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 14:40:53

    Folks, I appear to have been spammed 😦 here so please ignore the blue double line underlines above and most importantly do not follow the links, apologies and thanks, hope it will be fixed soon 🙂

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  5. Sandra Harriette
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 08:49:47

    Hi Roberta! I wanted to share a link to the survey for the Along the Way interview:
    http://sdrv.ms/1ccRkeh

    Thank you again, love 🙂

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    • Roberta McDonnell
      Nov 28, 2013 @ 14:49:05

      Thanks so much Sandra, I really enjoyed the conversation! It was also a very helpful exercise in getting me thinking about how to improve and develop the site. Thanks again and best of luck with your many projects 🙂

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  6. Sandra Harriette
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 15:50:39

    I do believe we connected on Google+ Roberta. I will reach out on Twitter too. Gotta love social media.

    Are you currently running your own counseling practice?

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  7. maryoconnor12
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 13:49:35

    Hi Roberta, I love your site and have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You can see details here: http://lifeisfullofsweetspots.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/just-living-is-not-enough/. I hope you enjoy! Best regards, Mary

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    • Roberta McDonnell
      Jul 25, 2013 @ 13:59:56

      Mary, thank you so much and what a co-incidence (or synchronicity) as I have just been reading Louis McNiece’s Sunlight on the Garden and was thinking of doing a post on it later ! Would you just explain a little what I have to do as keen to not mess it up!

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  8. Stuart Quate
    May 13, 2013 @ 09:48:12

    Hi Roberta, nice site. Feel free to share your work on our Blackstaff Press writer’s forum http://www.skypen.co.uk. – Stuart

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    • Roberta McDonnell
      May 13, 2013 @ 09:53:26

      Hi Stuart, thank you so much for your encouraging comments and for looking in on Subliminal Spaces. Thanks too for the invitation which I will certainly take up. Great to meet you, all the best, Roberta

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  9. Jill's Cabana Stories
    May 11, 2013 @ 16:07:48

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking my post about Key West. It was probably the pic about Ernest Hemingway’s home that caught your attention. It was very interesting to see it on our trolley ride.

    Also I love your blog theme style, I almost used the same one. 🙂

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    • Roberta McDonnell
      May 12, 2013 @ 05:22:37

      Hi Jill, thank you so much for your encouraging words, great to meet you and enjoy your posts. The koi theme is a lovely one, I like the softness of the colour scheme. WordPress is a wonder!

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  10. Word Wabbit
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 01:53:49

    I agree that keeping a journal is so very helpful. I took a class where we created all kinds of different maps that represent our lives.

    I also got a lot done journaling for poetry. You’re inspiring me to take it up again.

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