Continuing To Be Me Program (C2BMe)
Information for health professionals
The Continuing To Be Me Program (C2bMe) is a psychological treatment service for people living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in South Western Sydney. C2bMe also provides capacity building activities for the staff who care for them.
C2beMe is commissioned by South Western Sydney PHN and delivered by Uniting NSW.
- to provide a comprehensive person-centred model of care
- designed to reinforce identity and purpose
- increases connectedness and hope
- aims to improve resident mental health wellbeing
- increases the day to day functioning of residents in aged care facilities
Why has SWSPHN commissioned the C2bMe program?
It is estimated that up to 52 per cent of older adults in RACFs experience symptoms of depression, and fewer than one per cent receive psychological support. The program is intended to enable residents of these facilities with mental illness to access mental health services similar to those available in the community which, in the past, have not been routinely available to older people living in RACFs.
What supports are provided?
- evidence-based, short-term therapies delivered by mental health professionals, through therapeutic groups or individual clinical care
- capacity building for RACF staff
- an integrated team approach of care involving GPs, RACF staff, carers and families.
C2bMe is a free service for people who meet the following criteria:
- Residents of a partnered Aged Care Facility, within the geographical region of South Western Sydney.
- Older persons over the age of 65 years, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, who experience mild to moderate symptoms of common mental health issues.
- Residents who have consented and are able to participate in the program.
“Continuing to be Me at home” (C2bMe@Home) helps older Australians struggling with mental wellbeing and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and extended lockdowns. The program is delivered to people who need it from the comfort of their own home either face to face or via telehealth. The free C2bMe@Home program aims to make a real difference for the seniors that have been impacted by the pandemic.
To find out more about C2bMe@Home and to make a referral please contact 1800 422 263 or email C2bmehome.email@example.com.
Is there support for people who don’t speak English as a first language?
A free Telephone Interpreter Service is available to support residents from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds (CALD) to access mental health treatment services in their preferred language.
Is the program suitable for people with disabilities/dementia?
Individuals with co-morbid mental health issues alongside dementia or with a disability will be eligible.
What are the referral pathways?
The intake processes will be tailored to meet the unique needs of each RACF. A GP referral is not necessary and self-referrals and/or relative/carer referrals will be accepted and assessed.
Where is the program available?
The program is being rolled out across the South Western Sydney region.
How to get involved
Complete an express of interest in having your Residential Aged Care Facility partner with C2bMe: