An Employer Recognition Program

An alliance between John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Luv u Project


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 2022, please sign up for email updates below to be notified when applications open.


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 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The 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 2022.

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 general 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 is built on the foundation of broad-based psychologically healthy workplace practices including opportunities for employee involvement, health and safety efforts, training and development, work-life support, reward and recognition, and strategic communication. 

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 | President, Crighton Consulting Group

Committee Co-Chairs

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA | Independent Consultant

Ron Goetzel, PhD | Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public 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


Q1. What is the process and timeline for applying for the Mattingly Workplace Award?

A: Click on the link below to access the online application form.

Applications open in early 2022

Q2. What are the benefits of earning the Mattingly Workplace Award?

A: Awardees will be recognized as organizations that promote the health and well-being of their employees with a strong impact on employees’ mental health. Awardees will be recognized at a ceremonial event, and communications will be disseminated through press releases, social media, and on the websites of The Luv u Project, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Q3. 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.

Q4. Is there a fee for applying?

No, there is no fee.

Q5. 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.

Q6. How are applications judged?

Mattingly Workplace Award applications are reviewed by independent judges based on the degree to which they meet best-practice criteria in the following categories:

– Culture
– Mental Health Benefits
– Employer-sponsored Mental Health Resources
– Workplace Policies and Practices
– Healthy Work Environment
– Leadership Support
– Outcomes
– Innovation

Q7. Are there minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for the award?

Yes. Go to the “Should My Organization Apply” Tab for details.

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

No, organizations cannot submit an application in the same year(s) they are providing sponsorship.

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?
  • Can you certify that your program has each of the following programs and policies in place?
    • Mental/behavioral health insurance coverage in compliance with Federal Mental Health Parity regulations
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Educational seminars on mental health topics
    • Physical activity programs
    • Stress management training and resources
    • Leadership participation in healthy workplace activities
    • Programs/policies to prevent workplace violence
    • Programs/policies to prevent sexual harassment
    • Programs/policies to prevent discrimination
    • Adequate time off (e.g., paid time off, flexible time off, vacation days, sick days, leave options)
    • Mechanisms that allow employees to provide feedback to management (e.g., employee surveys, all-hands meetings) 
  • 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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