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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is recovery?

Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health challenge to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her goals.

What is peer support?

Peer support is an intervention that leverages shared experience to foster trust, decrease stigma and create a sustainable forum for seeking help and sharing information about support resources and positive coping strategies. Peer supporters “speak the same language” which fosters an environment of credibility and trust.

What peer support can do:
• Foster social networking
• Improve quality of life
• Promote wellness
• Support acceptance of illness
• Reduce concerns
• Increase satisfaction with health status

What is a Peer Support Specialist?

Peer support specialists are people who share the experience of mental illness and have participated in specific training to learn how to assist others who are in various stages of their mental health recovery.

Peer support specialists offer nonjudgmental support and validation through the sharing of personal experiences and skills. Peer support specialists are able to offer genuine empathy having traveled similar roads of trauma, distress, or discomfort. They are able to assist individuals as advocates and supports in the community.

Who is eligible for the social programs?

FolkTime members are asked to meet the following criteria:
An Axis One diagnosis (major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD)
18 years old or older
Be under the care or supervision of a mental health provider or social worker.

To provide a safe and supportive community, we accept members who have:
A desire to participate in a community focused on recovery
The ability to be with others in a positive way that promotes mutual benefit

For more information on program eligibility, please call FolkTime at 503-238-6428 x or send us an email: admin@folktime.org.

How can I attend?

If you are interested in attending FolkTime, we will need a Referral Form to be filled out by a caseworker, health provider or prospective member. If needed, a FolkTime Staff member can also email, fax, or mail a copy to you.

How do I volunteer?

Email admin@folktime.org if you are interested in volunteering at FolkTime.