Los organizadores de la campaña Save Allen Psych han recolectado cerca de 2,000 tarjetas postales de miembros de la comunidad, incluidas aproximadamente 1,200 tarjetas postales enviadas directamente a la Dra. Ann Marie Sullivan, Comisionada de la Oficina de Salud Mental del Estado de Nueva York. Después de enviar postales al Dr. Sullivan, recolectamos cientos de postales adicionales con la intención de compartir los mensajes de los miembros de la comunidad en este sitio web. Esta página incluye una selección de esos mensajes. Actualiza la página para ver más.

Susan H

Save the hospital!

Milagros d

The Northern Manhattan community needs more medical facilities that serve its residents!

James Y

This is needed please work to keep this open.

Madeline C

Please keep the Allen Psych Unit open. It’s so important to provide inpatient care so that patients have somewhere to go and don’t end up homeless or incarcerated. My mother is a therapist and she has so many patients who need inpatient care but don’t have any options near where they live.

S. M

Tell me how you are planning to help those that can’t afford to travel or can get the help that you have provided for the last few decades? Please re-think your strategy.

Miguel A

More services people who suffer from mental illness

Will C

Help keep mental health treatment available to local communities and get people the help they need

Julie F

Healthcare is a human right! It is important for people to be able to get mental health services in their communities where they have family and community support!

Michael Z

As a third-year medical student at Columbia, I have rotated at the Allen Hospital and saw neurology consults on the psychiatry ward. I also went to the Allen with my small group during the first year to practice psychiatric interviewing. I have also rotated in the inpatient unit at NYSPI, where I saw the incredible value of inpatient psychiatry for patients, including the local community. I am going into a career in psychiatry and hope to have further training at community hospitals like the Allen Hospital.

Jorge P

Mental healthcare is important. Accessibility and community is even more important.

Philip B

We need mental health care in Inwood!

Wilson M

I am a Columbia medical student. In class, we’ve had the opportunity to meet with many patients affects with psychiatric disorders and it is terrible to think that Columbia would not support them and their families.

Dannette L

People with mental health issues need good facilities.

Alejandro M

Darle más importancia a los servicios a salud mental a la comunidad!

Billy B

Mental health is important. As a future physician and current medical student, this means a lot to me.

Claudia O

Stop our collapsing mental health system

Dennis T

I’ve been serving the Washington Heights community for 35 years and we the NYC Guardian Angels believe this community is in very much need of mental healthcare.

Tim F

Upper Manhattan must have a psych unit and NYP can easily afford it. Steve Corwin can take a pay cut!

Ruth C

This hospital provides needed services to our community. Other places are not accessible and too crowded. Please help!

William S

Please keep inpatient/psy unit open. These very sick patients should be treated in an in-patient facility. The community is counting on you!

Clint C

Keep it open!! I live in the neighborhood. We need brain health. Don’t be spineless money grubbers.

Maria F

Keep it open for the community!



Giran C

I believe that the Allen should stay open. There are many people who need the help and they will not have anywhere to go. The people around here need somewhere to go for help.


I’m a native New Yorker. Mental health illness runs in my family, immediate family — treatment is stigmatized in black and brown communities, and often relegated to the prison industrial complex, another deep and extremely personal legacy that I carry. WE ABSOLUTELY MUST keep affordable, preferably FREE ACCESS TO COMPASSIONATE MENTAL HEALTHCARE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Janette H

I have a son who needs these wards. Think of the people, not your pockets.

Sarah H

Any time that mental health access is limited, it is a disservice to the surrounding community. NYP has a responsibility to meet the needs of the community it is in, and as a med student, I believe that these services are vital, both to our neighbors and to our education!

Ariel P

We have to support our community’s health! – Med student @ Columbia

S. S

Maintain and expand facilities for the mentally ill.

Lily A

Making mental health care available to New Yorkers is vital both for individuals in need of support and for all our communities. Reducing mental health resources will harm so many people and ripple out to harm neighbors, families, communities