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.

Janice H

Patients over profits

Rebecca L

If you close down this center, what happens to all these people in need of psych services?

Nicholas M

Psych for all. Medical students won’t stand for exclusionary profiteering.

Rachel V

Community healthcare, psychiatric specifically, saved my life. As someone who suffers from mental illness, it is heartbreaking. Who are you protecting?

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.

Jessica R

Yes! I live in the neighborhood, its important to me people have access to a psych ward 🙂 we love inwood for everything it is!

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!

Janette H

I have a son who needs these wards. Think of the people, not your pockets.

Gabrielle R

I am writing to ask that the much needed Allen Pavilion Psychiatric unit remain open and that the number of beds be increased. I am concerned that closing this unit will impact people of color who do not have resources to acquire adequate mental health care. As a clinical psychologist I can attest to the importance of community-based mental health care. It is critically important that inpatients be able to receive treatment in their community so that they are close to family members who can serve as sources of support. Moreover, lack of access to healthcare to address mental health issues results in increased rates of incarceration which ultimately increases rates of mental health issues.

Catherine K

Mental health is so incredibly important, an idea that has been reinforced throughout my time as a medical student. Save Allen Psych!

Dalia R

Por fabor dejen el Hospital todo los necesitamos tanta legales como inlegales yo como residente de este pais por fabor no cometan mas errores esta hospital lo queremos gracias

Madeline C

Please keep the Allen Psych Unit open. It’s so important to provide inpatient care so that patients have somewhere to go and don’t end up homeless or incarcerated. My mother is a therapist and she has so many patients who need inpatient care but don’t have any options near where they live.

David B

Save the unit!

Michael Z

As a third-year medical student at Columbia, I have rotated at the Allen Hospital and saw neurology consults on the psychiatry ward. I also went to the Allen with my small group during the first year to practice psychiatric interviewing. I have also rotated in the inpatient unit at NYSPI, where I saw the incredible value of inpatient psychiatry for patients, including the local community. I am going into a career in psychiatry and hope to have further training at community hospitals like the Allen Hospital.

Fern T

We need more hospitals that are not monopoly hospitals–that support less fortunate people. Inwood needs hospitals supporting those who need hospital care.

Melissa C

Please don’t take away our neighborhood mental health services!

Jorge’ R

Do not shut down the psychiatric unit!

Julia F

Keep mental health services in Inwood

Giada G

DO NOT SHUT IT DOWN!

Margaret Z

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

Sean C

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

Lyana F

As a volunteer advocate for sexual assault and intimate partner violence survivors at Allen for over four years, I saw first-hand the effect that a shortage of beds had on patients and the necessity of psychiatric services at that location. It is absolutely imperative to keep the ward open; any other outcome would be absolutely disastrous for our community. What are you doing?!

Siona L

Please leave this valuable facility open. -Siona

Stephen L

Psychiatric medicine is a super important part of healthcare that is often underlooked! We need as many facilities as possible to ensure the highest quality of care for our patients. As a medical student I’ve seen just how relevant this issue as been in our community

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.

Pedro B

Mental health is important for our community. Please keep access available!

Josh L

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

Fernando d

This is injust and not fair! Please bring attention to this!

Yaneiry A

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

Bonnie W

Please keep the psychiatric unit open. The community needs these beds.