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.

John H

We need this facility up here. Don’t shut it down.

Julie F

Healthcare is a human right! It is important for people to be able to get mental health services in their communities where they have family and community support!

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.

Mary K

Local Healthcare is necessary for all populations Especially the psych pop.

Miguel A

More services people who suffer from mental illness

Gideon M

Save the Allen Psych unit! Keep 30 beds! Spines can be taken care of anywhere! Poor ppl have spines too!

Sarah H

Any time that mental health access is limited, it is a disservice to the surrounding community. NYP has a responsibility to meet the needs of the community it is in, and as a med student, I believe that these services are vital, both to our neighbors and to our education!


Keep resources Inwood needs in Inwood!

Dionne F

Mental health care is crucial to the health and wellness of the NYC community. Please reconsider shutting down the Allen Psych Ward!

James T

I support the Psych Ward

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!!!


Es necesario tener el hospital abierto por una emergencia. Gracias

Samuel H

Mental health is of utmost importance to me and my family

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.

Ada L

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

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.

Kaarin H

We should not lose this facility. Allen should be concerned about the community, not their profit!

Allyyah M

I’m a medical student and right now we are learning so much about mental health and the attention it deserves. I want to be a doctor in a society that prioritizes mental health and treats it as equally important as physical health.

Sarah G

Psych units are important for our community!

Jacquie M

Keep healthcare in Inwood affordable

Josh L

Please don’t push out this facility. It’s so important!!

Stephan R

Mental health is crucial to community health!

Ana D

I urge you to keep this essential medical resource open & encourage you to increase its capacity to allow it to serve the community!

David B

I cannot point out the importance of such a resource being stripped from the community!! In times like this where the pressures of day to day life, politics, and society are serving as triggers to psychological ailments, such a resource must remain in the area! Especially being the only one available in the area.

Miriam N

Mental health services are so important to the health and livability of our communities. Please do not relocate to a place where people who are underresourced and uninsured cannot access this vital service. Keep the Allen Psych unit in our area. Thank you.

Emily M

Recovery looks like resources from the community and the medical system. #teamwork

Victor C

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

Kathy G

Please keep the Allen Hospital psychiatric unit open.


Mental health affects a large population but especially those from less privileged areas. As a medical student I think it’s important to keep serving these needs.

Joseph C

Downgrading a community’s mental health care only transfers the burden of care without the resources to provide it. As a CUMC medical student, I am being taught to treat the whole individual and the community. The hospital should live up to that teaching.