Mental Health Aware
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The independent accreditation scheme for successful mental health aware organisations.

Show the world your commitment to your staff.

Based on evidence, research and guidance, including:

  • ACAS
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence
  • Thriving at Work Leadership Council
  • World Health Organisation

Why the Tick?

We do not believe in ticking boxes as an effective solution to supporting mental health needs. Instead, we believe it takes a culture and a community to make mental health support effective across an organisation. To be a mental health aware organisation takes more than just training, more than just having people trained to support crisis, more than just risk assessments, it needs to be embedded in the entire organisation and needs to involve everyone.

Benefits of the Mental Health Tick

  • Demonstrate your organisational commitment.
  • Independent accreditation of your provision.
  • Demonstrate that people at all levels know about mental health.
  • Evidence of employee engagement.
  • Evidence of the people culture you are proud of.
  • Put your organisation amongst the best employers to work for.

Three Core Elements

Based on guidance from organisations like NICE, ACAS or the Mental Health Foundation, there are three elements to a mental health aware organisation recognised by the Mental Health Tick:


A mentally healthy organisation is one that recognises the importance of mental health and wellbeing across the organisation. It is not just the responsibility of Health and Safety or Occupational Health, there is an organisation-wide strategy in place.


It takes action from the top down to set the values, ethos and culture of the organisation and make it alright to recognise the full spectrum of mental health (from good wellbeing down). One of the biggest factors that help decrease the chances of poor mental health becoming a difficulty is the access to a support network and the right culture helps to support people to talk about their experiences.

Training and Development

For those in crisis, there is an expectation that an organisation has provided staff training at a universal, individual self-help and targeted support levels. There are staff trained to assist and signpost to appropriate support services, which are available to all staff, regardless of situation.


Organisations complete a self-assessment showing their response to each criteria, list their evidence and self-rate themselves Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Inform staff

Organisations make sure staff are informed of the assessment and offered the opportunity to feed into the assessment.

Assessment Process

1 - Application

Organisations submit their self-assessment and evidence.

2 - Assessment

The assessor will interview some staff and undertake an assessment of the submission and evidence.

3 - Verification and Award

Assessments are verified by our Internal Verifier and organisations are provided with their accreditation report.

Next Steps
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Get in touch today to find out how your organisation can be recognised for their mental health awareness.

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Get in touch today to find out more about how you can use the Tick to show your mental health awareness.


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