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.

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.

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.

Louis M

This place helps SO MANY PEOPLE. It has helped me as well. There is no truly good reason to shut it down. Period. It’s helped MANY TENS of THOUSANDS of people over the years. Keep it open!

Christopher M

Good mental health services are a vital part of this community!

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.

Jeremy E

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

Sandra T

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

Sean C

There’s always a need to care for those with mental illness. Please provide these folks with a place to heal in.

Jackie T

Please prioritize mental health care for our community.

Faeth S

We need 30 beds in the city. Please don’t displace people in need of health services.


Es necesario tener el hospital abierto por una emergencia. Gracias

Maria L

Allen Psych needs to stay in the community so it can support some of it’s most vulnerable community members. Mental health is a human right.

Sam W

We need more services for those suffering from mental illness + substance abuse in this neighborhood, not less. We need parity for mental health services and also parity for the Inwood neighborhood.

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.

Jessica N

Don’t shut the psych unit

Abhishek R

I’m currently a medical student at Columbia, and I’m very concerned about the closure of the Allen Psych Ward. Community mental health needs to be better addressed in the Washington Heights neighborhood. Closing the ward seems a step in the wrong direction.

Margaret Z

I oppose closing the Allen Pavillion psych unit. Please keep it open.

Carly D

Good mental health services promote a safe + welcoming community!

Natasha N

As a medical student, I have learned how important it is to provide quailty psychiatric care for the health and happiness of communities.

Amber P

Mental health is key to success in life and happiness, thus I support saving the Allen!

Sarah G

Psych units are important for our community!

Billy B

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

Kevin G

I support mental health care


Keep services local!

Johanna S

Help our residents we’re watching you NYP!

Sarah A

Please keep Allen Psych open

Endy P

I care about not having these patients arrested when they need proper help.

Greg S

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

Valinn R

To recognize the importance of preserving the Allen Psych because of severe psychological impact of the displacement that comes with the gentrification that is happening in Inwood and Washington Heights. The psychological effects and often physical effects of being rent burdened, threatened with displacement, having relatives displaced, etc is extreme and largely unappreciated, while affecting primarily our working class community of color, which Allen Psych serves. We need it now more than ever, so efforts to close it at this juncture are unacceptable and inhumane.

Molly V

Mental health is important! Don’t shut it down.