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Workplace Mental Health Award

The Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health

Together, we can redefine workplace mental health.

Show your team you are invested in their wellbeing.

Get Bell Seal Certified

 

An employer that commits to mental health can have a significant impact on the organization's overall health. Mental Health America (MHA)'s Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health is a national certification program to recognize employers committed to creating mentally healthy workplaces. Led by our rich history in research and advocacy, the Bell Seal's holistic evaluation of employer practices considers the entire employee experience.

UNMATCHED EXPERTISE

In collaboration with the DOL, CDC, and national companies, MHA is committed to furthering worker safety, health, and well-being alongside leading health and advocacy organizations. In addition to our organizational expertise and research-informed practices, we work with national leaders in workplace mental health to continuously refine the Bell Seal program— we don’t just evaluate workplace mental health standards, we set the standards.

RECOGNITION THAT RESONATES

Guided by our B4Stage4 philosophy, we want to elevate and celebrate organizations that take a proactive approach to mental health in the workplace. The act of curating a working environment that supports mental health and promotes positive experiences is not just good for employees and fulfilling on a human level, it’s good business.

Interested in learning more about MHA's past Bell Seal recipients? Check out the 2021-22 application cycle outcomes and full list of recipients in the Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health 2022 Brief: 92 Employers Leading the Workplace Mental Health Movement

Better employee experiences create better outcomes for all.

92
Bell Seal Certified Companies
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Companies Committed to Employee Mental Health
1120000
Employees Impacted


DISTINCT STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE

Bell Seal recognition builds a sense of pride in employers and optimism in existing and prospective employees alike. We seek to understand how organizations approach mental health via four categories — workplace culture, benefits, compliance, and wellness programs — to gain a clear understanding of the entire employee experience and award recognition accordingly.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

To begin the application process, an employer must submit an employer information form here. Then, the applicant will receive an email with the link to the online application. The online application takes an estimated one to two hours to complete. The renewal process for 2022 Bell Seal Recipients begins in January 2023.

Review the 2022-2023 application questions.

Curious if your workplace qualifies for the Bell Seal? Take this quick assessment to get your organization's preliminary results here.

Get Bell Seal Certified

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Employers of all sizes and industries are welcome and encouraged to apply.

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.

Employers with Bell Seal certification, at their discretion, will receive the following program benefits:

  • Recognition via logo inclusion on MHA's Bell Seal website;
  • Recognition on MHA's social media and national newsletter;
  • Recognition during MHA's Annual Conference in June;
  • Bell Seal Recipient Promotion Toolkit;
  • Access to quarterly Workplace Wellness Newsletter; and
  • Opportunities to collaborate with MHA on projects that promote Bell Seal recipients' achievements, such as panel discussion invitations, speaking engagement, or blog spotlights.

Please anticipate the application process to take an estimated one to two hours to complete from start to finish. The amount of time will vary depending on the resources an employer can allocate to the application process.

MHA accepts Bell Seal applications from September 2022 through March 2023. The submission deadline is March 31, 2023.

Applications submitted after Friday, December 9, will not be reviewed until after January 2, 2023. Please expect a delay in receiving your results or scheduling meetings.

The employer will be asked to renew its certification in January of each year. If an organization chooses to renew its certification, the applicant will review its prior application and submit changes for review no later than March 31, 2023.

If the employer does not qualify or wishes to achieve a higher level of recognition, MHA and its network of workplace partners can provide resources to assist the employer in improving their score before the March 31st deadline or for the following application cycle.

Curious if your workplace qualifies for the Bell Seal? Take this quick assessment to get your organization's preliminary results.

Individual employer responses submitted with the application will be kept confidential and secure on MHA’s servers and be used only for the purposes of this application. MHA may use aggregated information in educational or promotional tools.

After submitting the completed application, please allow 10 to 15 business days to receive the results, including which level of recognition—Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum—the employer qualifies and how it scored in each category.

The application cost is determined by the organization’s number of FTEs at the time of application submission and ranges from $99-299. Please complete the employer information form to inquire about the application cost for your organization or company.

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 throughout the process.

All Bell Seal-certified organizations, at their discretion, will have their logo included on MHA's Bell Seal website and be showcased on MHA’s social media platforms and national newsletter. Certified organizations will also receive a toolkit that provides materials to promote the certification among their networks.

The Bell Seal is modeled after the MHA Bell of Hope, a symbol of mental health since 1953. Cast from the chains of individuals once locked in state hospitals, the MHA bell resonates deeply with those who care about and support mental health.

QUESTIONS?

MHA staff 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 above or contact Taylor Adams, MHA's Director of Workplace Mental Health, at workplace@mhanational.org.

 

This program is supported through philanthropic contributions from The Faas Foundation.