An Employer Recognition Program

An alliance with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The American Psychological Association, and The Luv u Project

Purpose

The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace recognizes and celebrates exemplary organizations that advance the mental health and well-being of their workforce, while also serving as role models for other employers.

The window to apply will open in 2021, please sign up for email updates below to be notified when applications open.

Background

Mental and behavioral health challenges affect 1 in 4 adults worldwide. Given that the majority of awake time in adulthood is spent at work, the workplace is an ideal setting for promoting good mental health. Importantly for employers, supporting a healthy workforce, particularly one emotionally and cognitively healthy, can also drive productivity, improve attendance, produce long-term health care cost savings, and help attract and retain top talent.

We seek to recognize employers with exemplary workplace mental health programs. Through their actions, these employers demonstrate leadership in corporate social responsibility and encourage their peers to adopt effective mental health practices in their own organizations.

The American Psychological Association (APA), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Luv u Project have joined forces to co-sponsor The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace. The Award is launching in 2021, as a complement to APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.

About The Award

The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace (Mattingly Workplace Award) focuses specifically on robust approaches that support employee mental health. Criteria include mental health benefits and resources, workplace policies and practices, leadership support, and efforts to create a positive work environment and organizational culture above and beyond what is offered in a broad-based health and well-being program.

Recognizing that workplace mental health efforts are most effective in the context of an overarching culture of health and comprehensive efforts that enhance employee well-being, the Mattingly Workplace Award was developed as a complement to APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (APA Award) and builds on the foundation of workplace practices encompassed by that award. Those include employee involvement in decision-making, health and safety policies, employee growth and development, work-life balance, employee recognition, and strategic communication.

Applicants for the Mattingly Workplace Award first complete APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace application process, and then the Mattingly Workplace Award application. While the two awards are distinct, to be considered for the Mattingly Workplace Award, applicants must first meet baseline criteria in the APA Award. 

About Us

The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace is led by an Award Advisory Committee, whose role is to provide expertise in the area of employee mental health. These professionals came from different backgrounds to develop the award criteria. They now serve as independent reviewers for the application process.

Committee Officers

Committee Chairperson

Kent Andrew (Andy) Crighton, MD | Chief Executive Officer, CEO Roundtable on Cancer

Committee Co-Chairs

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA | Independent Consultant (formerly with the American Psychological Association)

Ron Goetzel, PhD | Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Vice President, IBM Watson Health

Enid Chung Roemer, PhD | Deputy Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Committee Members

Chris Calitz, MPP | National Executive Portfolio Lead, Health and Well-Being; Office of Chief Science and Medical Officer, American Heart Association

Robert Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM | Chief Medical Officer, Kumanu

Mark Cunningham-Hill MD ChB FFOM FACOEM | Medical Director, Northeast Business Group on Health

Kimberly Jinnett, MSPH, PhD | Principal, Health Policy and Systems Research, Genentech

J. Brent Pawlecki, MD, MMM | Chief Health Officer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Sara Martin Rauch, MS | Director of Strategy & Planning, WELCOA

Paul Terry, PhD | Senior Fellow, HERO

Faculty Advisor

Margaret Danielle Fallin, PhD | Chair, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Luv u Project Advisors

C. Richard Mattingly | Founder & President, The Luv u Project

Christin Lewis | Co-Founder, The Luv u Project

FAQs

Q1. Can I apply for The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace (Mattingly Workplace Award) without applying for the APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (APA Award)?

A: No. Applying for the APA Award is a prerequisite to applying for the Mattingly Workplace Award.

Q2. How is the Mattingly Workplace Award different from the APA Award?

A: The APA Award is focused on general workplace benefits, policies, practices, and environmental supports. The Mattingly Workplace Award builds on this foundation and focuses on deeper, specific mental health-related practices across the above categories. Only organizations that meet at least honors designation for the APA Award are eligible to be considered for the Mattingly Workplace Award.

Q3. What is the process for applying for the Mattingly Workplace Award?

A: Click on the link below to get to the APA Award website to access the application. When applying for the APA Award, you will be asked whether you would also like to apply for the Mattingly Workplace Award.

Applications open in early 2021

Q4. What are the benefits on earning the Mattingly Workplace Award?

A: Mattingly Workplace Award winners and honorable mentions will be by definition also winners or honorable mentions for the APA award. Being a recipient of both awards is a high honor to be recognized as not only an organization that promotes well-being broadly, but one that has a strong impact on employee mental health. Awardees will be celebrated at a ceremonial event, and communications will be disseminated through press releases, social media, and on the websites of the APA, The Luv u Project, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Q5. Are there different levels of recognition?

A: Yes. Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements for best-practices in workplace mental health can either earn the designation of Winner or Honorable Mention.

Q6. Is there a fee for applying?

No, there is no fee.

Q7. Is this a certification type of award (e.g., similar to L.E.E.D certification)?

No, this is not a certification program. It is a recognition award given to organizations with exemplary and robust workplace mental health programs.

Q8. How are applications judged?

Organizations that meet the baseline criteria for winner or honors for the APA Award are eligible to be considered for the Mattingly Workplace Award. Mattingly Award applications are reviewed by independent judges based on the degree to which they meet best-practice criteria in the following categories:

– Mental health benefits
– Employer-sponsored mental health resources
– Workplace policies and practices
– Healthy work environment
– Leadership support
– Cultural Elements
– Outcomes
– Innovation

Q9. If my organization is or becomes a sponsor, can we still apply for the award?

No, organizations who sponsor the Mattingly Workplace Award cannot submit an application during that same year.

Should My Organization Apply

Can you answer “yes” to these questions?

  • Is your organization based in the U.S. or Canada?
  • Do you have a comprehensive workplace wellness program that includes mental and behavioral well-being elements?
  • Does your mental health program include robust mental health programs and benefits, strong leadership support, employee mental health education and training, and a culture that promotes good mental health? 
  • Do you want to be recognized for your efforts and encourage other employers to support workplace mental health?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you should apply for The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace

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