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.

Julie W

Healthcare for human needs not profits!

Scott K

Don’t close it!!!

Mabel S

Leave the Allen Psych unit, we need it, stop trying to make money and start trying to save lives.

Amy D

Keep us open!!

D. M

We demand that the Allen Psych Dept stay open. Mental health is presently the #1 need nationally and we have the same thing in New York City. It is an affront to the community to even think of such an action. Keep it open! Keep it open!

Emma I

As a medical student, I believe that mental health is critical to overall health! Save Allen Psych!

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.

Andrew O

Please keep this VITAL service open for the most vulnerable communities in NYC. Keeping it open is an investment in EVERYONE in the community will benifit from!

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.

B. R

The city needs more mental health support not less. Taking out beds means more people on the streets, further removed form stability.

Kimberley R

As a mother who has suffered with postpartum depression, psych facilities need more $$$ not to be taken away.

Nicholas M

Not closing Allen Psych is the least you can do. We need more. Your job is to care for us, so tell these corporate non-profit ghouls to quit trying to get people killed.

Julia F

Keep mental health services in Inwood

Steve S

Please keep mental health in the forefront of medical care

John D

What can we do in order to have money in our communities to keep our facilities open, so that we will be able to get the proper medical attention to help people when needed?

Sean C

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

Janeet H

It is important not to reduce beds for an important service.

Raul J

Keep it open!!

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”

Sandra T

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

Wilson M

I am a Columbia medical student. In class, we’ve had the opportunity to meet with many patients affects with psychiatric disorders and it is terrible to think that Columbia would not support them and their families.

Mildred V

We need more space and Allen Psych open because our community members and the domestic abused victims need that service. Save Allen Psych. Saving Allen Psych is saving our community.

Eric M

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

J. B

The community needs mental health facilities, and appropriate supervision of people who need services.

Flora R

Save it–save us.

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.

Kate R

Healthcare is a human right. Mental health care is part of health care. EXPAND Allen Psych!

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

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.

The S

We are from Inwood, please keep the psych unit!