Why Mental Health at Work Matters
MHA surveys show that mentally healthy workers are happier, more productive, and more loyal. And yet, most American workers report high levels of stress and worry and low levels of support from managers and coworkers. Employers that value mental health in the workplace retain their employees, have lower overall absenteeism, and lower health care costs.
Introducing the Bell Seal
MHA is excited to introduce the Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health, a certification that recognizes and honors employers whose efforts demonstrably improve mental health for its employees, families, and communities. A Bell Seal-certified workplace signals to present and potential new employees that its employer is committed to creating a psychologically safe work environment.
The Bell Seal considers not only the 1 in 5 employees who will have a mental health condition each year but also the 5 in 5 employees who benefit from a worker-friendly and highly productive workplace culture. Because all workplaces are different, an employer can aspire to receive recognition at four levels – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.
The Bell Seal is modeled after the MHA Bell, a symbol of hope for mental health in America since 1953. Cast from the chains of individuals once locked in state hospitals, the bell deeply resonates with those who care about and support mental health.
To apply for Bell Seal certification, an employer must complete a comprehensive application to assess its workplace policies, practices, and programs that impact employee mental health and wellbeing. After submitting an inquiry form and connecting with a Bell Seal representative, a manual will be provided to the employer to guide them through the application process. From start to finish, the Bell Seal representative will also be available to provide technical assistance throughout the process.
The application process includes an evaluation of the following five areas:
- Section I: Workplace Culture
- Section II: Health insurance & Benefits
- Section III: Mental Health Programs & Perks
- Section IV: Legal Compliance & Inclusion
- Section V: Leadership & Community Engagement
The application and manual will be available in October 2019.
Join the Pilot
In preparation, MHA is requesting employers to participate in a pilot program and give feedback on how we can improve the Bell Seal application process. In exchange, employers will receive a free assessment and consultation on their workplace policies and practices that impact employee wellbeing. Additionally, employers will have the opportunity to be the first workplace to receive the Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health at no cost.
As the first of its kind, your workplace can be a pioneer in improving the Bell Seal to better evaluate and address the needs of workplaces seeking to improve employee mental health. All we request is your time and insight, and your participation is greatly appreciated!
If you are interested in participating or have questions about the Bell Seal, please:
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