Messages

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.

Margaret Z

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

Mike M

We need as much mental health services as possible!

Elizabeth

Save Allen and open CHONY Peds Psych! The community is already underserved. Westchester is too far for anyone’s family to travel.

Christine B

It is imperative that Allen Psych remain open and continues to serve the community.

Arlene C

Keep Allen Psych open. Our facilities need your support.

Shoshana K

Mental health care is health care!!

Hancy R

I have a serious mental illness. Why Allen why? Where will I go? Where will I cry? Please don’t hang me up to dry.

Corinn M

Prioritize mental health!!!

Cristina I

We need the Allen Pavilion remains open for the community. Thanks

Jas

I’m a native New Yorker. Mental health illness runs in my family, immediate family — treatment is stigmatized in black and brown communities, and often relegated to the prison industrial complex, another deep and extremely personal legacy that I carry. WE ABSOLUTELY MUST keep affordable, preferably FREE ACCESS TO COMPASSIONATE MENTAL HEALTHCARE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Bill L

We need mental health centers in this area, especially now! People will fall through the cracks.

Lily A

Making mental health care available to New Yorkers is vital both for individuals in need of support and for all our communities. Reducing mental health resources will harm so many people and ripple out to harm neighbors, families, communities

Siona L

Please leave this valuable facility open. -Siona

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.

Maria F

Keep it open for the community!

Jacqueline G

En el momento presente, muy importante mantener el departamento psichiatrico, masimportante es la salud mental de nuestros adolescentes y ninos, y analizar su compartamiento.

Daniel W

I was born at the Allen Hospital and have lived right across the Harlem River from it all my life. It horrifies me to think that the Allen Psych Ward, an institution which has helped so many people, is under attack. I fully support this push to double the bed count and increase funding for the mental health care that our community needs.

Lydia E

Facilities that treat both mental illness and addiction / substance abuse are rare and are crucial to the improvement and chance at recovery for so many New Yorkers. The closure oft he Allen psych unit will result in the loss of specialized, superior treatment for common co-existence of mental illness and substance abuse. To humanize the matter, consider the story of Kimberly Stevens (“An Autobiography of Miss Wish” by NIna Bergman), who searched for years for a facility to treat both simultaneously, and when she finally did, they did not take her insurance. Allen Hospital uplifts humanity by providing these services and accepting Medicaid. Please remain open!

Spence F

Dear Steve Corwin– As a resident of Inwood + as someone who has benefited from mental health care throughout my life, I support efforts to keep the Psych Unit at the Allen Hospital. Having the facilities close in the community helps so many people. I moved here 4 years ago, knowing that Allen Hospital was here gave me added comfort. Sincerely, Spence Ford

Daniel S

Your helping hands will always be appreciated!

Nancy L

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

Elizabeth G

More options are needed for mental health

Casayncha

Mental health is just as important as physical health

Mitchell

We need more facilities, not less!

Juana S

Hey my name is Juana Santana I agree to keep the psych unit, we need to taken care people with mental illness.

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.

Rebecca

We all need mental health!

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!

Haden P

Please keep the Allen Pavilion

J. F

A spine center is good, but not at the expense of quality mental health care.