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.
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.
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 five hours to complete. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2022. The renewal process begins in January 2023.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Employers across organizational size and industry are welcome and encouraged to apply.
To begin the application process, submit an employer information form here.
All employers with Bell Seal certification, at their discretion, will receive the following:
- Recognition via logo inclusion on MHA's Bell Seal website landing page
- Recognition on MHA's social media platforms and national newsletter
- Recognition during MHA's Annual Conference in June
- Bell Seal Recipient Promotion Toolkit
- Access to Workplace Wellness Newsletter
- High-impact opportunities to collaborate with MHA on projects that promote achievements and solutions [e.g., panel discussion, conference sessions, blog spotlight]
Please anticipate the application process to take about 5 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 will be accepting applications from October through March. An organization should submit their application by the March 31, 2022 deadline.
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, 2022.
If the employer does not qualify or wishes to achieve a higher level of recognition, MHA and its network of MHA Affiliates and partners can provide additional resources to help you achieve your goals for a mentally healthier workplace for your employees.
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 website landing page for the Bell Seal and be showcased on MHA’s social media platforms. Certified organizations will also receive a promotion 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is supported through philanthropic contributions from The Faas Foundation.