Williamson County was recognized for receiving a Gold Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health by Mental Health America during its June 18 Commissioners Court meeting.

About the program

MHA is a national nonprofit that promotes mental health, well-being and illness prevention.

In 2019, MHA launched the Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health, according to MHA documents. This is the first national certification program designed to recognize U.S.-based employers committed to supporting a mentally healthy workforce. Since 2020, MHA has certified 276 organizations.

During 2023, MHA reports 169 employers completed the 58-criteria application process, evaluating organizational policies and practices that impact employees’ mental health.

Organizations that complete the application may be awarded four different levels of certification: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. According to MHA documents, out of 520 applicants only 24% qualified for certification.

Bell Seal qualifications
  • Recipients consider all dimensions of workers’ well-being
  • Recipients offer generous benefits
  • Recipients promote practices rooted in protecting workers’ mental health
  • Recipients implement innovative programs to promote workers’ well-being
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“Williamson County underwent a rigorous evaluation of its policies and practices in four areas: workplace culture, benefits, compliance and wellness program,” said Rebecca Clemons, Williamson County Senior Director of Human Resources. “Gaining status as a Bell Seal certified organization demonstrates Williamson County's ongoing commitment to employee health and well being.”