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Bell Seal Application Process

Apply by March 29, 2024 to be considered for the 2024 Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health application cycle. Complete the employer information form to get started.

Determine if you're eligible

Employers of all sizes and industries are welcome and encouraged to apply for the Bell Seal certification. Recipients represent over 28 industries - from health care and the public sector to financial services and manufacturing - and organizational sizes, from three to more than 1 million workers, in 35 states. Take a quick survey to see if your workplace qualifies. 

An employer actively engaged in any effort - through legislation, regulation, litigation, or other advocacy - to create public policies that weaken the rights of employees living with mental health or substance use conditions or discriminate against persons with mental health or substance use conditions are ineligible to apply for the Bell Seal. 

Kickstart your application

MHA strives to provide a simple and clear application process for all employers. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Submit an employer information form.
  2. Receive an email with the link to the online application.
  3. Complete the online application. 
  4. Receive your results within 30 business days.

Take these optional steps to help better prepare you to apply:

Apply by March 29

Apply by end-of-day March 29, 2024, to be considered for the 2024 Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health application cycle. The application takes approximately one to two hours to complete, depending on the organization's capacity.

Low cost and big impact

The organization's total number of staff, including full-time and part-time workers, determines the application cost and is due at submission via credit card or check payment.

  • 1 - 50 workers: $99
  • 51 - 1,000 workers: $199
  • 1,001+ workers: $299

As a non-profit organization, all revenue generated by the Bell Seal program is returned to MHA programming and Bell Seal program-related expenses, including staff time to review applications and assist applicants through the process.

Confidential and secure

Individual employer responses submitted with the application will be kept confidential and secure on MHA's servers and used only for this application. MHA may use aggregated information in educational or promotional materials, including the annual outcomes publication.

Apply with confidence

MHA is committed to supporting your organization's workplace mental health journey. Feel free to connect with MHA before you apply to prepare your application or learn more about how to support your workers' well-being. In addition, MHA's Workplace Wellness Resource Center features all its workplace mental health initiatives, including workplace research and employers and worker resources.

If an applicant doesn't qualify or wishes to achieve a higher recognition level, MHA and its network of affiliates and collaborators can provide resources to assist the employer in improving their score before the March 29 deadline or for the following application cycle. Curious if your workplace qualifies? Take a quick survey

Receive your score

All applicants will receive their results by email within 30 business days, including which recognition level – Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum – they qualify for, how they scored in each section – culture, benefits, compliance, and wellness, and how they compare to other employers and recipients. Applicants also receive a recipient checklist with the next steps and additional resources.

Celebrate your certification

Bell Seal recipients will receive a promotion toolkit to announce their certification to employees, clients, customers, and the communities they serve. In addition, recipients, at their discretion, will:

  • Have their name or logo included on MHA’s Bell Seal recipient website,
  • Be featured on MHA’s social media platform(s), newsletters, annual outcomes publication, and
  • Included in any earned and paid media efforts regarding the program (e.g., press releases, interviews, blogs, resources, and advertising).

Recipients have the right to decline participation in promotional activities or publications.

Build momentum with recertification

Bell Seal recipients will be notified by email to renew their certification each January. To renew its Bell Seal certification, an employer must review the prior year’s application and submit changes in the renewal form by the end-of-March deadline (the actual deadline date will be included in the notification email).

Questions? We're happy to help!

MHA is available to assist applicants throughout the process. If you have any questions about the Bell Seal or how to apply, please see the FAQs or contact Taylor Adams at workplace@mhanational.org.

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“Applying for MHA’s Bell Seal award was an organizational treasure hunt, rewarding us, as a team, with deeper insights into how we currently address behavioral health concerns in the workplace and where our opportunities lay for future projects. We recommend that any organization complete this exercise, large or small, to discover how you can encourage a workplace that thrives!”