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.

Jorge’ R

Do not shut down the psychiatric unit!

Clint C

Keep it open!! I live in the neighborhood. We need brain health. Don’t be spineless money grubbers.

Ana M

Please keep this important resource open. Our community needs it. Thx

Henriet N

I am clinical social worker and we need psychiatric facility in upper Manhattan. There is a great need to keep the unit going here at Allen Pavillion.

JoAnn V

Please keep Allen Psych open. It’s important for all.

Carolyn C

Please save the unit for our mentally ill New Yorkers

Martha J

We need this service in our community to community, to continue to provide services for those in need and don’t have the resources.

Dermot M

The subway is there home right know

Jessica M

We need more services not less. Hispanic teens are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Let’s increase services to our community not close the services down.

Eric M

Please save the neighborhood psych facilities! We need these services in the area!

Denise D

We need this to remain in the neighborhood. Please save Allen Psych.

Sandra T

Hospital beds for psych are needed in the neighborhood where patients live so family can contribute and support.

Catherine K

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

The S

We are from Inwood, please keep the psych unit!

Rosa R

Es importante tener una sala de psiquiatria por hay personas que lo necesita, y donde van a ir si lo terminan espero se mantenga ahi por muchos años mas “gracias”

Matt C

Keep mental health services easily accessible for our community.


Mental health is just as important as physical health

Zac M

Psychiatric care saves lives.

Lucy C

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.

Scott K

Don’t close it!!!

Omar S

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

William S

The people of Washington Heights deserve to have this facility!

John P

It is clear to me that our community is in need of the care Allen Psych provides. To lose it would be criminal and cruel.

Loretta H

To keep an increase mental health services in the community. It’s a right for all who it to receive quality mental health, close to home. Being sent far away from home is unfair and unnecessary.

Joe d

As a medical student, a lifelong New Yorker, and someone who has lost loved ones to mental illness/suicide, I know that any loss of psych beds means lives will be lost. We cannot allow the Allen psych ward to close.

Keith L

Please keep the psych center open.

Mario H

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

Jessica C

I’m a local, and this is important to me.

Adi V

We need a psych facility in MORE neighborhoods not less

Haden P

Please keep the Allen Pavilion