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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS. You are worth it.

Mental health affects every aspect of a person’s life - From how one sees work, school and family - to one’s sense of belonging, feelings of worthiness, ability to earn money, ability to learn, have healthy relationships and how one experiences life. If you are struggling with feeling worthy, have lost your joy, or sense of belonging, please seek professional help. There’s a list of resources on this page below. Also, check out our YogiPunk Blog for our latest findings in our quest for mental, physical and spiritual healing. You are not alone. Life can be hard, scary and overwhelming. The journey is full of unexpected turns. We are here to support you on your journey. We are all on this path together.

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 8, 1980-June 10, 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.

Nate was rebel at heart. He resisted anything conventional and constantly questioned the status quo. He was an artist, a filmmaker and ultra-athlete. He pushed his body to the limit, always curious to see what it could do and wanting more.

He was a sexual abuse victim and incest survivor. He hid the trauma of his childhood and the shame he carried into adulthood for decades. He studied “normal” behavior and tried to blend in, even though he often felt uncomfortable being in his own skin, as if his body didn’t fit him well. His internal pain was so intense that he sought extreme physical sensations to overpower the internal. He suffered from a disease of the mind and soul - and eventually lost everything - his joy, happiness, and eventually his life, to mental illness.

Nate was a spiritual seeker. He practiced transcendental meditation, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, pranayama, biofeedback, neuro-feedback, HeartMath, exercise science and so much more. He sought physical, mental and spiritual healing in all modalities.

He was the original YogiPunk and his quest for peace on earth continues through the YogiPunk Blog.

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Wellness Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://afsp.org/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
World Health Organization https://www.who.int/
Al-Anon https://al-anon.org/
Narcotics Anonymous https://www.na.org/

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

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
800-273-8255

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386

The National Runaway Safeline:
800-786-2929

Alcoholics Anonymous https://www.aa.org/
Psychology Today - Find a Therapist https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists211.org.
Call 211 for mental health emergencies https://www.211.org/get-help/mental-health
Tender Hearts (Online grief support group with David Kessler) https://www.davidkesslertraining.com/tenderhearts.com

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

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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

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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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