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.

Irene F

The neighborhood and community needs this kind of service as well as the medical services. Speaking as a social worker and a resident.

Fernando d

This is injust and not fair! Please bring attention to this!

Siona L

Please leave this valuable facility open. -Siona

Adi V

We need a psych facility in MORE neighborhoods not less

Sara K

people over profits. Protect our mental health.

Scott K

Don’t close it!!!

Reggie J

Mental health facility near patients can be close to families.


Save the psych dept!

Sara H

Please don’t shut this unit down.

Tammie D

Mental Health is overall health! Save Allen Psych so they can keep saving our community!

Aaron G

The services provided by Allen Psych are essential. As a medical student, I feel it is unconscionable to limit these services – the irreparable damage to the community is too great a cost to bear.

Ana M

Keeping this mental health facility in our community is essential for our most vulnerable people and for all of us. Keep this hospital open!!

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.

Julia H

This is a *necessary* facility for Inwood/Upper Manhattan! Please keep this open!

Fernando S

I’m a carpenter, I work here, I see many crazy people all over — city needs to help these people. You need to create emergency services for these people in another place!

Romulo G

Do not let this deal go through.

Sky P

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

Lyana F

As a volunteer advocate for sexual assault and intimate partner violence survivors at Allen for over four years, I saw first-hand the effect that a shortage of beds had on patients and the necessity of psychiatric services at that location. It is absolutely imperative to keep the ward open; any other outcome would be absolutely disastrous for our community. What are you doing?!

Jessica T

Please save this important facility for our community. Mental health care matters!

Erica A

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!! Don’t close the psych hospital

Brittany A

Save the hospital! We need it now more than ever!

Keith L

Please keep the psych center open.

Megan O

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

Stephanie F

Thank you–would love to help save this!


Please keep the Allen Psych Ctr open! -Rae Helliard

Dylan H

The Allen Psych ward is an incredibly important facility that should be preserved and maintained. The removal of it will force may patients to be out of care due to the difficulty of navigating to the other facility in Westchester. Therefore, the upholding of the institution must be maintained to continue to provide the help people rely on for their mental health needs.

Naomi M

Don’t close the hospital. Mental health patients are citizens who need help. Don’t be a crappy organization.

Digna G

Considering the prevalence of mental health issues in our community, we can’t afford to lose this valuable resource. Please keep Allen Psych in Inwood!

Stephan R

Mental health is crucial to community health!

Efrain O

Prioritize mental health care!