King County honored with workplace mental health award 

Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer, King County Executive Office

I am proud to announce that King County has been awarded the 2020 Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health at the Platinum, highest, level by Mental Health America (MHA).

The Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health is a first-of-its-kind workplace mental health certification that recognizes employers who strive to improve employee mental health and create a psychologically safe workplace for all employees. It recognizes the comprehensiveness of our mental health approach at a time when we are expecting higher mental and behavioral health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial injustice, and we are thrilled to be among the first organizations to receive this distinction.

The Bell Seal certification sends the message that King County is a national leader in workplace mental health. Bell Seal-certified organizations complete a rigorous evaluation of their workplace policies and practices in five areas: workplace culture, health insurance and benefits, employee perks and programs, legal and ethical compliance, and leadership and community engagement.

Here are some of the reasons for which we were certified at Platinum:

  • Our commitment to racial justice
  • Our competitive and mental health-friendly benefits package
  • Our support of well-being through the Balanced You program
  • Our willingness to go above and beyond ethical standards
  • Our efforts to engage all levels of the organization in greater awareness of mental health and what to do when there are concerns.

This is a proud moment for King County as we continue to exceed expectations for what a mentally healthy workplace can be. One in five employees will experience a mental health condition each year, but we know that all employees benefit from a supportive and psychologically safe workplace. We care about your mental health and well-being, and our Bell Seal status is a testament to the positive workplace culture you have helped us create here at King County – and I thank you for that.

For more information about our mental health programs and resources visit the Balanced You mental health page.

Take care,




Whitney Abrams
Chief People Officer