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.
Keep it open
There’s always a need to care for those with mental illness. Please provide these folks with a place to heal in.
Please save the psych ward at Allen Pavilion. The community needs this DESPERATELY. Thank you.
Community members should not be prioritized over profits!
It’s important to help + make space for vulnerable populations like those with mental health issues. If you shut it down, where will the patients go?
Keeping this mental health facility in our community is essential for our most vulnerable people and for all of us. Keep this hospital open!!
Mental health facility near patients can be close to families.
Stop our collapsing mental health system
We need more in-patient treatments, not less. I know people who have returned to the street and crack use because they couldn’t get into an in-patient program when they were asking.
There is a mental health crisis in this city and the way to help those with mental health needs is not through imprisonment – it is with healthcare. We need to rethink how we can care for everyone in this city, and this ward is one way to ensure some level of much needed care.
Mental Health is a real area in need of expansion and deserves attention. It’s just as important as our physical wellbeing.
Don’t shut the unit!
Without Allen Psych, Inwood/Washington Heights is left with very little support for mental health. Losing these services would be devastating. Every issue in the community is made worse without the support the Allen provides. Save the Psych unit! Protect mental health services! Otherwise, Rikers will be the provider of last resort. And when that happens, everyone suffers!
We need more hospitals that are not monopoly hospitals–that support less fortunate people. Inwood needs hospitals supporting those who need hospital care.
Continual displacement of upper Manhattan residents, exacerbated by the threat of closing Allen Psych, will increase the rate and severity of mental health crises in Washington Heights. You are letting people die!
Don’t shut the psych unit
Keep the mental health building open to help the people in our community.
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!
I think the mental health of the city’s residents is more important that $$
Let’s keep our brothers and sisters safe.
NYP is guilty of greed. They want “celebrity diagnoses” instead of providing the work-a-day tasks of offering full health care to a diverse community.
Save the Center
It is imperative that Allen Psych remain open and continues to serve the community.
Open more hospitals for people with mental health problems please.
We need more mental health services in our community!
It’s extremely important that you do not close the psychiatric center. The results would be catastrophic!
I am a medical student at Columbia University who is concerned about the closure of the Allen Psychiatric Unit in what it means for the community and what it communicates about our values. Currently, there is a shortage of inpatient psych beds in the city (with wait time for a bed ~5 days from the ED). Strong mental health services that the community needs and deserves requires institutions such as NYP in standing up for what is right over what is profitable.
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.
Mental Health is EXTREMELY important and we as a society need to do more–keeping the Allen Psychiatric Center open is one small way to work towards a better mental health system for all members of our community! –Marie Elaina Zuccaro