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.

Joanna W

I am a medical student and concerned New Yorker. The Allen Psych and quality psychiatric care in genera is so important in caring for a community. People living with mental illness–as so many of us will at some time in our lives–are in need of compassionate, quality care, both routine and in times of crisis. Quality psychiatric care is good for individuals, patients, communities and healthcare providers. We <3 Allen Psych!!!

Fern T

We need more hospitals that are not monopoly hospitals–that support less fortunate people. Inwood needs hospitals supporting those who need hospital care.

Michael C

Prioritize people and community over profit! As a VP&S medical student, I believe Allen Psych should be kept open

Luz S

Please be human and keep it open. Mental health is very important.

kevin W

Dear NY Presby – we need you to keep Allen Psych and expand your efforts to improve the NYC community. Allen Psych is a critical neighborhood institution whose operations improve the lives of many of New York’s most underserved residents. It is not only unfair but also bad to turn your back on those who need the most help.

Megan O

We need to keep and increase the number of psych beds.

Kimberley R

As a mother who has suffered with postpartum depression, psych facilities need more $$$ not to be taken away.

Caitlin P

Do NOT shut it down, please!

William L

Please keep the Allen Psych open. The neighborhood needs it. The people need it. The city needs it. There is much need by those who are suffering. This is how they can alleviate it.

Stephanie F

Thank you–would love to help save this!

Victor C

Mantener abierta esta institución por la salud de la comunidad y para promover la educacion de los estudiantes medicos como yo.

Susan H

Mental health facilities are too scarce in our neighborhood! We need more not fewer.

Nancy L

Psych wards & mental health are crucial to saving & helping New Yorkers.

Emma I

As a medical student, I believe that mental health is critical to overall health! Save Allen Psych!

Melissa C

Please don’t take away our neighborhood mental health services!


We need more facilities, not less!

Matthew Z

Facilities and resources like the Allen psychiatric ward are crucial for the mental health and well-being or individuals and the communities of which they are part, both for individuals seeking and needing treatment, and those in the communities connected with those individuals. Often undervalues and overlooked, mental healthcare is vital to the health of our society. I urge you to maintain the ward’s operation. Individuals in need are counting on it… and on you!

Rhea V

Please don’t forget Mental Health.

Stephan R

Mental health is crucial to community health!

Corinn M

Prioritize mental health!!!

Jeremy E

Please keep this most essential facility available to those who require and depend on it. It’s best for all of us.

Clint C

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

Greg S

Mental health is HEALTH!!! Save Allen Psych – for the community –P&S medical student

Annie O

Our family has been directly affected by psych hospitals in this community and without facilities it couldn’t have allowed for recovery. Please keep this open for our neighbors.

Miryam S

People before profit!

Jackson C

People over profits! Mental Health needs more attention and it’s a shame that its being deprioritized

Paloma L

31% of those homeless and facing mental health issues are Latinx. In a community where 68% of the population are of Latinx descent, they need to the appropriate mental health services to not end up homeless or in jails. Evictions and displacement lead to anxiety, depression, and at time to suicide. At a time when the city has a surging homelessness issue is when we most need mental health wellness and services in our neighborhoods.

Isabel G

Access to mental health services is essential. Don’t rob our community of its right to be well! Closing this unit in service of profits for the hospital is a CRIME. This would just feed into the jail health system and is not in the hospital’s community-focused mission. As a NYP affiliate I can’t stand by while the institution perpetrates injustice.

Pedro B

Mental health is important for our community. Please keep access available!

Ada L

Save the psych ward very much needed especially in today’s climate of closing down everything that proves helpful to all people.