On October 21, 2017, the dream came true for Margaret Elkins as
she was crowned Mrs. Kentucky 2018.
Margaret is a graduate student at Eastern Kentucky University where she is
working on her Master's in Mental Health Counseling. She will graduate in
December and hopes to obtain her counseling license in February. She
interns at the Hope Center in Lexington, KY, which provides housing for
homeless men with chronic mental illness. She also works as a Mental
Health Associate at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, KY. Margaret also
has dealt with mental illness on a personal level with schizophrenia
running in her family.
Due to things that Margaret has seen through her work in mental health and
family experiences she has had, Margaret hopes to use the Mrs. Kentucky
title to promote suicide prevention and to reduce the stigma associated
with mental illness.
Margaret enjoys spending time with her large family. She has six brothers
and sisters and thirteen nieces and nephews. Margaret lives in Richmond
with her husband of four years, Dustin Elkins, and their fur children,
Dottie, Dingo, Millie, and their 6 chickens.