An Employer Recognition Program

An alliance between Johns 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.

Applications for the 2024 Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace are now open and will close on May 31, 2024.  

Click Here to Apply

Congratulations to the 2023 Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace

Sonepar USA
Associated Bank


Honorable Mentions:
  • Franklin County Cooperative
  • Riverside Healthcare
  • Sargento Foods
  • Sweetwater Sound

Click Here to Learn More About the 2023 Winners



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.

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. 

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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 | Founder & Principal, GhostNote Consulting; Senior Fellow & Scientific Advisor for Workforce Mental Health, Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)

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

Pamela Corson, PhD, LPC, CADC, CEAP | Global Head of Mental Health, BlackRock

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

            Jason Horay, MS, CHES | National Sr. Program Lead, American Heart Association

Kimberly Jinnett, MSPH, PhD | UCSF Institute for Health and Aging Adjunct Professor

Sara Martin, MS | Chief Executive Officer, ExecuThrive

J. Brent Pawlecki, MD, MMM | Chief Health Officer and Senior VP, Wells Fargo

Emily Wolfe, MSW, LCSW | Health Program Manager, CleanAIRE NC

Eric Zimmerman, MBA, MPH | Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Commercialization Officer, Kumanu

Faculty Advisor

Judith K. Bass, PhD | Professor, 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?

The application is now open.  The deadline is May 31, 2024.  The winner will be announced in the fall. Please click here to apply.

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

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?

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.

Q8. Can I preview the application before completing it online?

 Yes. You can preview and download a PDF copy of the application here to help you prepare your responses in advance of completing the online application.

Q9: Our organization is based in the U.S., but we have employees across the globe. Should we complete the application for our global population or just our U.S. population?

Please complete the application for your U.S. and Canada population only.

Q10. For the Outcomes section, can I include my methods in the Outcomes section or as an appendix?

Please include the description of your methods in the Outcomes section of the application.

Q11: How will our information and data submitted in the application be used and publicly shared?

Application materials are kept confidential. However, for winners of the Mattingly Award, working with winner staff, we will publish a short case study describing outstanding features of the winner’s program on our website. One of the Mattingly Award’s goal is to spotlight exemplary programs so that other employers may draw from winners’ experience for inspiration and apply best practices to their own programs. Prior to posting a description of the program, winners will be able to edit out any proprietary information from the case study.

Q12. 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.

Q13. Who should be listed on the contact information page?

The contact information page should list the person who can serve as the point of contact to address any questions and receive the notification regarding application status.

Q14. In the application section that asks about current workplace practices related to opportunities for involvement, what do you mean by “self-managed work teams”?

“A self-managed team is a group of employees that’s responsible and accountable for all or most aspects of producing a product or delivering a service. Traditional organizational structures assign tasks to employees depending on their specialist skills or the functional department within which they work. A self-managed team carries out supporting tasks, such as planning and scheduling the workflow and managing annual leave and absence, in addition to technical tasks. Management and technical responsibilities are typically rotated among the team members.” (Source cited:

Q15. Are trade organizations/professional associations allowed to apply for the award or is this only for individual companies?

Yes, trade organizations/professional associations are allowed to apply as long as the application is focused on their own workforce, not that of its member organizations. Individual companies that are part of the organization/association are welcome to apply on their own.

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

Click Here to Apply


Past Winners

2022 Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace winners:

Learn more about the 2022 winners here.
Honorable Mentions:

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