Continuing to Be Me Program (C2BMe)
Information for people living in South Western Sydney
Continuing To Be Me (C2BMe) provides mental health support to people living in aged care facilities in South Western Sydney.
C2BMe is a free mental health support program to help people living in aged care facilities. The C2BMe Program is delivered by Parramatta Mission. The program has been made possible through funding from South Western Sydney PHN.
Supporting older people living in aged care facilities
The C2BMe program supports older people with mental illness to help increase connectedness, develop hope and reduce symptoms. People participating in the program will be supported to continue to live with dignity. They may receive individual psychological therapy and/or group sessions.
Supporting staff in aged care facilities
The C2BMe program also helps to support and build capacity in the people who care for them. Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) staff will increase mental health understanding through education sessions and Older Persons Mental Health First Aid Training. This will help aged care staff to better support residents’ needs.
Why was the C2BMe program created?
- It is estimated that up to 52% of older adults in aged cared facilities experience symptoms of depression
- Fewer than 1% receive psychological support
The program is intended to enable older people with mental illness living in aged care facilities to access mental health services similar to those available in the community. These mental health services have not been routinely available to older people living in aged care facilities in the past.
C2bMe is a free service for people who are:
- Living in a participating aged care facility in South Western Sydney
- Aged 65 + (or if the person identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander aged 50 +)
- Experiencing mental health concerns (usually mild to moderate, although people with severe mental illness may be suitable)
Each residential aged care facility that participates in the C2BMe program has an intake process tailored to their needs. A GP referral is not necessary. Self-referrals from people wanting to participate in the program and/or relative/carer referrals will be accepted and assessed.
If you think you or a loved one might be suitable for the C2BMe program, speak to your aged care facility or contact the C2BMe team.
Parramatta Mission's - C2BMe webpage
Is there support for people who don’t speak English as a first language?
A free Telephone Interpreter Service will be available to support residents from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to access mental health treatment services in their preferred language.
How is C2BMe provided during COVID-19?
Given the recent challenges around COVID-19, Parramatta Mission has adapted its ways of working to ensure risks to residents, aged care facility staff and C2bMe staff are mitigated while ensuring that C2bMe is still able to provide a quality service. It is providing training and services in various ways, including via telehealth.
Is it suitable for people with disabilities/dementia?
A person with co-morbid mental health issues alongside dementia or with a disability, will be eligible.
Where is C2BMe available?
The program is being rolled out across the South Western Sydney region.
Who can access the C2BMe program?
The program is intended to target people with a diagnosed mental illness who are residents of residential aged care. The program is expected to primarily target residents with mild to moderate symptoms of common mental illness. However, residents with severe mental illness who are not more appropriately managed by a State or Territory Government Older Persons Mental Health Service, and who would benefit from psychological therapy, are not excluded. The program also targets people who are assessed as at-risk of mental illness. Flexibility is important as mental health needs can be highly changeable in vulnerable older adults and it may not always be possible to obtain an early diagnosis.
What should people participating in C2BMe expect?
The program includes individual psychological therapy as needed, group sessions and RACF staff capacity building activities, including mental health understanding through education sessions and Older Persons Mental Health First Aid Training, to give aged care staff an insight to residents’ needs.
Find out more about other Primary Mental Health Services in South Western Sydney