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.

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!

Jackie T

Please prioritize mental health care for our community.

Sam G

It is important to keep a psych unit in the area.

Carolyn C

Please save the unit for our mentally ill New Yorkers

Jason S

It’s extremely important that you do not close the psychiatric center. The results would be catastrophic!

Liberty A

I strongly support Allen Psych’s mission in our community, and as a NYC resident I would love for it to stand longer and maintain its good work!

Megan O

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

Teresa L

I’m a first-year medical student at Columbia and I support the movement to save Allen Psych. I believe it’s essential for communities have access to psych care — Teresa Logue, MS1

Amy W

As a medical student, I think mental health is super important.

Cameron S

Please save mental health services for all!

Paula W

There is an appalling lack of mental health treatment across the city–this community needs this!

Zac M

Psychiatric care saves lives.

Gabriela B

Mental health is the most important aspect of any human being and it must be treated. It is everyone’s right to get treatment and health benefits!!

Kristin P

The city needs more inpatient beds, not fewer! Please keep this facility open. Being near family is incredibly important for mental health. Closing the Inwood facility forces families in crisis apart, which is harmful. Think about patients and their families instead of profit. DO GOOD.


Mental health is an important issue that has been put in the backburner for our community. We demand you keep this unit & expand it for your vulnerable communities that need it!!

Seth A

Save Allen Psych

Maggie W

Neighborhoods NEED safety nets, patients NEED care

Jonathan P

I oppose shutting down the allen

Jamil H

Healthcare is a human right! National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NYC strongly support saving Allen Psych & reinvesting in vital mental health resources.

Omar S

Please promote mental health in our community! ¡Por favor darle importancia al salud mental para nuestra comunidad!

Vanessa M

I think mental health is important to the community and should not be cut out. The needs of patients are important, they should be able to help inpatients as well as outpatient with their needs.

Jim W

Please, we need this unit.

Marshall D

People over profit. Hospitals should not be profit centers.

Yaneiry A

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


Please keep Psych open! <3 It's extremely beneficial to the community!

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.

Valarie B

This is the only psychiatric center in immediate area. With the rise of mental health issues in the society we need this here in our community and with the patients in the hospitals

Harvey R

Please don’t discontinue your Psych facilities. The community needs it.

Mario H

Keep the mental health building open to help the people in our community.

Alex K

New York has a severe shortage of mental health services. Allen Psych is essential for community mental health and access for low income and marginalized residents. It must stay open and bed increased so it can serve the people of NYC.