Associated is one of two national recipients of the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace


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WASHINGTON, DC, October 18, 2023 – The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) and The Luv u Project announced the 2023 winners of the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace (Mattingly Workplace Award). Associated Bank was recognized with the 2023 Mattingly Workplace Award for their comprehensive efforts to advance workforce mental health and well-being.


Associated Bank includes mental health as part of its Total Well-being program, which spans physical, mental and financial well-being. A cross functional team oversees the program tailoring communications, presentations, and activities to the specific needs of each business unit. In a 2022 employee survey, 8 in 10 workers agreed that the bank supports all aspects of their well-being and three-quarters said they feel like they can talk to someone or ask for help with mental or physical health issues.


Sonepar USA is the other award winner. Honorable Mention recognitions went to Franklin County Cooperative, Riverside Healthcare, Sargento Foods and Sweetwater Sound.


“Work plays a huge role in people’s lives and can either support good mental health or erode it. As such, employers have a responsibility to foster an environment where workers can thrive,” said Ron Goetzel, PhD, Senior Scientist at BSPH, who oversees the award program. The Award Committee Chairperson, K. Andrew Crighton, MD, CPE agrees, adding that “best practice organizations demonstrate active leadership involvement and consistently measure the impact of their strategies in addressing the mental health of their workforce.”


“We are proud to recognize these companies, both for their performance and leadership in workplace mental health. They clearly embrace the wisdom of a work environment where mental health is a priority,” said C. Richard Mattingly, The Luv Project Founder and President.


The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award was established by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Luv u Project in 2022. The Award is housed at the NIOSH-funded Johns Hopkins P.O.E. Total Worker Health® Center in Mental Health. The Award recognizes and celebrates exemplary organizations that advance the mental health and well-being of their workers, thus serving as role models for other employers.


More information about the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace is available here.


Group photo, from left: Ron Goetzel (from left), PhD (Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Andrew Crighton, MD (President, Crighton Consulting Group); Amy Rach (Health Promotion and Well-being Specialist, Associated Bank), Enid Chung Roemer, PhD (Deputy Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); and David Ballard, PsyD, MBA (Founder & Principal, GhostNote Consulting; Senior Fellow & Scientific Advisor for Workforce Mental Health, Health Enhancement Research Organization).


Please contact for questions:
BSPH: Ron Goetzel at 202-768-6236 or
The Luv u Project: Rich Mattingly at 240-614-7766 or