Inside: Inclusive Golf, DCS art show, and RESPECT Training
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The 2023 Inclusive Golf Program Summer Session is coming to an end!

The 2023 Inclusive Golf Program’s summer session ends June 28th, 2023. Our Golf Program sessions run for 4 weeks and include participants living with mental illness, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders.

This program aims to foster inclusion in our communities by providing children and adults living with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders the opportunity to learn and play the game of golf by providing golf clinics and other activities with the help of golf professionals.

“Through the game of golf, individuals become actively engaged in the social fabric of our community and derive health benefits that improve quality of life. Integrating the necessary accommodations and modifications aids in reducing issues around accessibility and negative social attitudes. But even more than that, we give individuals the opportunity to learn to play golf from experienced golfers; individuals who would otherwise not have the opportunity.” – Sheila Kliethermes, Golf Program Coordinator

We are currently accepting new participants for the 2023 Inclusive Golf Program Fall Session.

Please contact Sheila Kliethermes at or call our office if you or your group are interested in participating!

The DCS Traveling Showcase begins soon!

The DCS Traveling Showcase is ready to hit the road! At the conclusion of our Director’s Creativity Showcase in February, around 65 pieces of artwork were selected to represent this event across the state of Missouri. 

The 2023 DCS Traveling Showcase is scheduled and set to continue on July 11th and end on November 10th. The full schedule is currently available at the links below. You can view all the artwork from this year’s showcase on our website now! Online artwork sales for the DCS event have concluded.
DCS Traveling Showcase Schedule →
DCS Traveling Showcase Schedule PDF →
Please contact Tynesha Bryan at or call our office if you are interested in being a Traveling Showcase location next year or if you have questions about entering the showcase.

The 2024 Missouri Mental Health Champions’ Awards: SAVE THE DATE!

The 2023 Mental Health Champions’ Awards was May 9, 2023, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, where we celebrated our 2023 Champions: Amye Trefethen, Merna Leisure-Eppick, and David Gould. We also presented the 2023 Lasting Legacy Award to our recipient, Dr. John N. Constantino. We had nearly 400 individuals in attendance, representing numerous organizations across the nation who are committed to Missouri’s mental health community. We also auctioned off over 230 silent auction baskets this year!

Thank you to our sponsors and partnering organizations for making this event special. To view photos from this year’s event, please visit our website.

SAVE THE DATE and mark your calendars because the 2024 Mental Health Champions’ Awards will be on May 7, 2024, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center!
MHC Awards →

RESPECT Institute: August Training

The RESPECT Institute of Missouri is still undergoing important updates, but training has not stopped! We are hosting our next training virtually starting August 7th.

If you are interested in becoming a RESPECT speaker, please contact our office. As a RESPECT speaker in training, you will receive training and guidance on how to tell your story of living with a mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or developmental/intellectual disability in less than 15 minutes. You may be asked to tell your story at speaking engagements including conferences, schools, legislative meetings, mental health facilities, and more.

If you have any questions regarding the RESPECT Institute (RI), please contact our RESPECT Coordinator, Tynesha Bryan at

The Missouri Mental Health Foundation is proud to serve the mental health community by providing resources, services, and inclusive programs to the public. As a nonprofit organization, we are heavily dependent on financial support from the community to continue providing exceptional services. If you are interested in being a part of our mission, please consider donating to our organization at the link below. Thank you!
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