Newest Research in the Successful Treatment of Mental Illness
     Hannah Warren, a Rockford native, will share her work in the cutting-edge field of metabolic psychiatry. Metabolic therapies provide a new treatment option for mental illness that addresses root causes and, in addition to symptom management, can lead to full remission and long-term healing.
     Hannah will share her personal experience of implementing metabolic treatments and putting her bipolar 1 disorder into remission, as well as provide an overview of the science behind metabolic psychiatry.
     She will present on her role as Mental Health Communications and Advocacy Manager with Metabolic Mind, a nonprofit initiative of Baszucki Group, that is transforming the study and treatment of mental disorders by exploring the connection between metabolism and brain health. Metabolic Mind and Baszucki Group were founded by David Baszucki, founder and CEO of Roblox, and his wife, bestselling author Jan Ellison Baszucki after their son Matthew put his treatment-resistant bipolar disorder into remission with metabolic therapies.
     Hannah will also share how she got involved in this field through her volunteer work with Dr. Christopher Palmer, a Harvard psychiatrist and author of the ground-breaking book, Brain Energy. Dr. Palmer recently became the founder and director of the Metabolic & Mental Health Program at Mclean Hospital, a top-rated, Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital.
     Hannah Warren is an artist, writer, and social entrepreneur. She joined Baszucki Group and its initiative, Metabolic Mind, in November 2023 as Mental Health Communications and Advocacy Manager. These organizations are focused on advancing the science of metabolic psychiatry to drive long term, systemic change in the mental health field, while equipping patients, families and clinicians with resources to implement metabolic therapies today.
     In July 2021, Hannah started ketogenic therapy and ultimately put her bipolar 1 disorder into complete remission. This experience inspired her to devote her career to disseminating the science of metabolic therapies and working to make them a first-line treatment option. Hannah serves as a volunteer with the Brain Energy Movement started by Dr. Christopher Palmer to spread awareness of the brain energy theory. Today, she actively implements treatments for neurometabolic dysfunction including ketogenic therapy, intermittent fasting, exercise and meditation.
     She has worked in the nonprofit field the majority of her career, most recently as Marketing and Development Director at Serenity Hospice and Home, a nonprofit serving terminally ill patients and their loved ones. In 2008, she founded Jhoole, an eco-fashion social enterprise that employs women in India and currently serves on its Board of Directors. She is also one of the cofounders of a Rockford-based nonprofit that operates under Jhoole’s umbrella called Inscape Collective.
     Hannah has an MA in Fashion Entrepreneurship from London College of Fashion and BA in South Asian Studies and Linguistics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She is a recipient of a Global Grant Scholarship from Rotary International, which she used to expand Jhoole and complete her master’s program. In her free time, Hannah is working on a book about her experiences titled Radiant Beast: the Mitochondrial Pathway.
     This will be a most interesting and informative program and one you will want to invite a guest or prospective member to join us in person at Memorial Hall or via zoom.  Elise Cadigan will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary Host.