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About The Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

The Mental Health Association of East Tennessee is a 501 (C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating the community about mental health issues, including the signs and symptoms of mental illness. An ardent advocate on behalf of those who sometimes are not able to advocate for themselves, the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee works to improve the mental health system in our communities for those who need mental health care today or ten years from now.

Meet The Staff


Ben Harrington, MA Ed, has worked in non-profit health for more than 30 years, including 26 years as the CEO of the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee. After 4 years in the chronic physical health arena, Ben moved to the Mental Health Association of Greater Knoxville which would later become the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee. The agency name was changed to serve persons from the Georgia to Virginia boarders and all communities in between. Switching jobs helped him realize how personally connected he is to mental health issues which affect so many. His passion to intervene earlier and in more impactful ways led to the creation of two of our signature programs – the Mental Health 101 program in Fall of 2000 and the Peer Recovery Call Center in 2013. Ben is married to Norma Harrington. They have two sons Donovan and Jackson and two “fur babies” Baxter Bugtussell (a Jack Russell) and Lady Violet (a Goldendoodle). He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Heidelberg University and a Master of Arts Degree in Education Counseling & Guidance from Bowling Green State University.

Director of Operations

Linda Beaty has had the pleasure of working at MHAET for 20 years and has been married to the delight of her life for 46 years. In her time at MHAET, she has had the opportunity to see the birth of MHAET’s programs, Mental Health 101 and the Call Center, and the difference they can make in reducing stigma, and helping people enter and stay in treatment. She has enjoyed working with the amazing staff, board members, and volunteers. They care about people who are struggling short-term and those with mental illnesses. Linda earned a degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum University and although born in Georgia, after 41 years in East Tennessee is all Tennessean. 

Marketing Director

Candace Moore comes from a long line of mental health professionals. She is ecstatic to be working in the mental health field and following in her grandmother’s footsteps. Candace received her Bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee where she majored in Theatre and minored in Psychology. Her creative talents led her to a career in graphic design where she was able to help non-profits promote their self-less work. Candace loves to create and in her spare time directs theatrical productions around the East Tennessee area. She is proud to be working for the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee as the Marketing Director because she believes in their vision and wants to continue to erase the stigma surrounding mental health.

Mental Health 101 Team

Peer Recovery Call Center

The Mental Health Association offers all services to eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin or disability.