MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS. You are worth it.

Mental health is not separate from a person's physical health. It affects every aspect of a person’s life because mental health affects how we see the world and our place in it. Do I belong? Am I worthy? Am I liked? Am I valued? Does anyone understand me?  If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, overwhelming fear, feelings of being unworthy or have lost your joy, or sense of belonging, I invite you to seek professional help. If you are having self-harming thoughts, call 988 in the U.S. Counselors are available 24/7 for suicide and crisis support.

You could also text a trusted friend with a message like:

"When you get a chance, can you call me? I feel really alone and suicidal and could use your support."

"I don't want to die, but don't know how to live. I need to talk with someone to help me feel safe. Are you free to talk?"

"I'm struggling right now and could use some support. Do you have some time we could talk?"

At the bottom of this page, you will find a list of mental health resources.

Also, check out the YogiPunk Blog for my personal experiences, lessons in being human, and holistic health.

You are not alone. 

In loving memory of Nate McQueen Uchida, AKA Nathan Scott Casses—

the original YogiPunk.

Nate's Story

Nate McQueen Uchida, aka Nathan Scott Casses

November 1980-2021

Nate was a husband, father, step-dad, friend and storyteller. He was a yogi, a seeker of truth, healing and peace on earth. He was loyal, loving and had a rare and remarkable gift - the ability to make others feel special, seen and important.

He was also a victim of childhood trauma that he kept secret for most of his life. He suffered deep shame that ate away at his ability to enjoy life. Shame destroys a person's ability to feel like they belong. Belonging is a basic human need, as essential as water, food and sleep. This blog is dedicated to Nate, with the intention of removing the stigma of mental illness and to help people regain a sense of self, belonging, acceptance and hope. 

Nate was the original YogiPunk. His quest for self-acceptance, healing and health continue through the YogiPunk Blog.

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Mental Health Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
World Health Organization
Narcotics Anonymous

The Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741, a trained counselor will respond

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386

The National Runaway Safeline:

Alcoholics Anonymous
Psychology Today - Find a Therapist
Call 211 for mental health emergencies
Tender Hearts (Online grief support group with David Kessler)

U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: (English & Spanish) 800-RUNAWAY, 800-799-7233

Pro Bono Counseling WARMLINE: 443-608-9182

Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 833-943-5746

Baltimore City Crisis Hotline: 410-433-5175

Baltimore County Crisis Hotline: 410-931-2214


In-Patient and Out-Patient Programs for Mental Health & Addiction for adults & teens

Sheppard Pratt Psychiatric Hospital: 410-938-9000

The Recovery Village, Cherry Hill, South Jersey Recovery: 866-411-1605

Boca Recovery Center, 800-516-4357

How Yoga helps those recovering from addiction



Our Mission

We are committed to:
* Removing the stigma of mental illness
* Providing resources for people and families affected by mental illness and addiction
* Doing research on the connection between mental well-being and physical exercise/movement
* Promoting mental wellness through free and low-cost avenues
* Providing mental health education, videos, books, and other resources to families and individuals affected by mental health and addiction

Donations Help Our Cause

Donations help in several ways:

1. Donations support our mission to research, teach and share alternative mental, physical and spiritual healing and to touch the lives of millions.
2. Provide support for our mission of increasing awareness around mental health & addiction issues

3. Funds allow us to research and teach mental wellness practices to more people
4. Provide funding for our programs that support families affected by mental illness and addiction (currently in development: a series on death and loss, grief yoga and grief support, resources for children who have lost a parent to mental illness and/or addiction)

Thank you for your support!

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