Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Bella Liss, PUSH volunteer
Fifteen year-old Bella Liss knew she wanted to get involved in community mental health services early in her freshman year at Lebanon High School. Her school counselor and advisor, Emily Musty, suggested that Bella look into attending a PUSH (Partners United in Safety and Health) meeting with her. Emily and Bella attended the meeting together, and Bella knew she had found an organization that would help her follow her passion.
Bella is excited to be a part of PUSH and enjoys working with the team to raise awareness and find solutions to issues in the community. She feels particularly strongly about the community education aspect of the work she does. “I wish more people in the community knew about PUSH itself! It’s such an important initiative. We can’t address community issues without everyone’s help, and we’d love to have more PUSH members who are willing to help bring positive change to our community.”
This past spring, Bella worked on a panel for an educational forum to speak to parents about teen risk trends in the community. She says, “The panel was one of the most interesting things I’ve done through PUSH. I loved being able to answer questions of parents and other community members.”
At school, Bella is involved in music classes, sings, and plays the guitar and upright bass. Her love for the arts extends into theater as well: she works as an intern for Opera North and takes the stage a couple times per year as well. This year, Bella is a technical intern for Madame Butterfly, La Belle Helene, and Kiss Me Kate. She also participates in “Students for Students” at Lebanon High School, where she helps to plan school events and activities.
After she finishes high school, Bella hopes to study psychology in college, and wants to someday pursue a career in clinical adolescent psychology. She doesn’t have any strict expectations about where life may lead her after that, but she finds inspiration in other people and the limitless power of people achieving their goals.