Organizers in the Save Allen Psych campaign have collected nearly 2,000 postcards from community members, including about 1,200 postcards mailed directly to Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, New York State’s Commissioner of the Office of Mental Health. After we mailed postcards to Dr. Sullivan, we collected hundreds of additional postcards with the intention of sharing community members’ messages on this website. This page includes a selection of those messages. Refresh the page to see more.

Nick H

Access should not be based on wealth. When you take this resource out of this community, you condemn the most vulnerable members of the community to the streets, you condemn to Rikers! Moving resources to Westchester denies access to patients and denies access to the much needed family support for these patients.

Ana M

Please keep this important resource open. Our community needs it. Thx

Anthony L

Access shouldn’t be limited to only those with means.

Dr. L

This facility is essential to the community. Please reconsider closing it!


We all need mental health!

Nina M

Please keep it open we need it. 🙂

Amit R

Please save Allen Psych!


Es necesario tener el hospital abierto por una emergencia. Gracias

Ana T

Please do not close the site!

Sarah G

Psych units are important for our community!

Emily S

It would be a good idea, and it’s important

Nancy S

Mental health is A necessity!

Daniel W

I was born at the Allen Hospital and have lived right across the Harlem River from it all my life. It horrifies me to think that the Allen Psych Ward, an institution which has helped so many people, is under attack. I fully support this push to double the bed count and increase funding for the mental health care that our community needs.

Emanuel M

Sending all psych patients from Inwood to Westchester Medical is totally unrealistic.

Kathy G

Please keep the Allen Hospital psychiatric unit open.

Marta B

Please keep it open!


Cause the community needs it.

Andrea M

The access to mental and behavioral services close to your neighborhood is vital to maintaining a prosperous community that is healthy not only physically but mentally.

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

Daniel W

Please put patients above profits. As an NYP empoyee who takes care of undeserved patients in this community, I see unmet need for mental health services everyday.

Alec F

As a medical student, I worked in an inpatient psychiatric unit. The services provided there are vital parts of communities. I have never been more inspired than I was by the thoughtful providers, social workers, OTs, and more that provide this invaluable care for some of our most vulnerable community members.


I think the mental health of the city’s residents is more important that $$

Ellis S

Please continue supporting our most vulnerable populations!

Molly K

As a future healthcare provider, I am very concerned about the future of mental health services in my community. Accessibility is one of the biggest barriers to care, and NYP has the ability to empower patients and provide this highly important care.

Mary A

Psychiatric patients are as fragile as patients with physical problems. One thing that might help them is visits from friends and relatives. By having the facilities in NYC, patients and their visitors have relatively inexpensive transportation to the facility using local city buses and subways. By moving patients outside NYC, you make it more difficult for psych patients to enter and leave the facility and for visitors to travel to the hospital.

Sarah A

Please keep Allen Psych open

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.

Sky P

Keep Allen Psych open. The services provided are crucial to members or this community. Health care is about more than PROFIT.

Sandra T

Hospital beds for psych are needed in the neighborhood where patients live so family can contribute and support.

Yaneiry A

Help save our community! Double the beds at beds at the psych.