Mental Health Slam Poems | April National Poetry Month Book Collection Released – Your News Digest

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Aisha Tariqa’s moving and quasi-autobiographical poetry channels both the depths of sadness, loneliness and despair endured by those suffering from a mental illness like anxiety or depression, as well as the concomitant desire for life and happiness.

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The release of her collected works is particularly timely in light of the constantly increasing rates of mental health disorders in the U.S. The latest figures from the CDC show that more than half of the country will be diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime.

As such, Aisha Tariqa has translated her raw and often painful emotional experiences into the written word in order to extend a hand of consolation to those facing similar anguishes and mental health struggles, and ultimately to offer a note of hope.

Her new collected works comprise two key titles. The first book of poetry is her debut, ‘Four Years in Chrysalis’, which uses a coming-of-age framework to explore the turmoils of late adolescence and early adulthood. The second, ‘Acres of Shadow’, plunges deeper into the heart of depression to discuss suicide and suicide prevention.

For Aisha Tariqa, the key to her work is empathy and shared experience. Her work gives both compassion and credence to the experiences of people with mental illness who may otherwise be isolated due to socio-cultural shame or stigma. And, critically, it also provides a roadmap to recovery, underscoring that amongst the bad there is always good.

Her collected works are available both together and individually on Amazon. Interested readers can purchase them as a hardcover or paperback, or as an e-book for Kindle.

About the Author

Aisha Tariqa Abdul Haqq is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and care. Through her ethos of translating real life into real poetry, she hopes to craft works of enduring emotional affect and transformative power.

A spokesperson for the author said, “In these books of poetry by Aisha Tariqa Abdul Haqq, you’ll find a voice and a community that understands what it’s like to live with mental illness–the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between. You’ll learn how to cope with the highs and lows of life on the roller coaster that is depression, how to identify and treat your symptoms, how to take care of yourself when things get tough, and finally, how to reclaim your life as something beautiful and hopeful.”

More information is available at and at her social media handle @AishaTariqa.

Aisha Tariqa Abdul Haqq Publishing LLC
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