Psych Ward Greeting Cards

Psych Ward Greeting Cards makes it easy for empathic and compassionate people to let patients in the psychiatric unit know that people, even strangers, care about them and support them. ForLikeMinds created and manages this program to deliver greeting cards from strangers to patients at participating hospitals. As insignificant as it may seem, sharing a card can have a wonderful impact when a patient is at their lows – offering help, encouragement, and hope. More than 80% of former patients in psychiatric units surveyed said receiving a “get well soon” card would help their recovery. We also share these greeting cards at a highly vulnerable time for patients. Suicide rates after patients are discharged from a psychiatric unit are 100 to 200 times greater than the general population. They need our support at this critical time.

We make it easy to show patients in the psychiatric unit you care.
Donate a card. Send it to us. And we’ll deliver it to the psychiatric unit.

Every month we visit the psychiatric units at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (the Payne Whitney Clinic) and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, two of the country’s leading hospitals. We also deliver cards with messages to the New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center in White Plains, New York. We personally meet and speak to patients, sharing our lived experience that recovery from mental illness is possible. We distribute donated greeting cards with inspiring messages and treats. We share hope with patients when they may be at their lowest. They also prepare their own cards to share with other psychiatric patients. We partner with two leading mental health non-profits in New York City on this program, Fountain House and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York City. We are thrilled to have the support of so many wonderful card donors. It is an honor and a privilege to support these inspiring patients and work with the staff/members at our partner hospitals and non-profits.

If you would like to support patients in the psychiatric unit:
  • Please Donate Cards. You can send cards with your own message and/or decoration or blank cards. Include an inspirational and hopeful message such as “get well soon”, “have hope”, “you can recover”, or whatever hopeful message you like. Adorn the cards with decorations, stickers, etc. Send the cards to us.
A few considerations:
    • We especially welcome cards donated by people affected by mental illness who are many of our contributors.
    • Please feel free to send blank cards as well. We helped develop a program for patients in psychiatric units and non-profits to write messages and share cards with each other.
    • Please do not include faith-based messages since we currently are unable to control the distribution of cards to individual recipients.
    • Please do not include identifying information on the card or card envelopes.
  • Please partner with us. We would love to partner with you or your organization, including individuals, patients, card artists and designers, card shops, companies, hospitals, non-profits, support groups, schools, clubs, etc. All partners will be featured on our ForLikeMinds Facebook page and in the Our Work section of our program. Please contact us.

Please mail all items to:
Katherine Ponte
Real MH Works, LLC
P.O. Box 251
Shokan, NY 12481 U.S.

Testimonial: "Receiving the get well cards from "ForLikeMinds" was a breath of inspiration! Our inpatient peers were very touched, both by the beautiful designs and by the messages of hope and recovery. Knowing that strangers -- some of them in recovery themselves took the time to send these heartfelt messages, gave them a feeling of support and sustenance. In fact, several of our peers decided to make their own cards to contribute to the "ForLikeMinds" program! We look forward to an ongoing connection with this wonderful outreach initiative."
Chaya Weinstein, Occupational Therapist
Payne Whitney Clinic, New York-Presbyterian

We hope you’ll join our ForLikeMinds Community in making a difference.
We send a heartfelt thanks to all of our patients, donors, and partners.

Thank you, Mom + Dad for:
All the cards you sent to me
Lovingly decorated with XOs
My 3x in the psych ward
They reminded me of you
Helped me at my lowest

I kept them, you by my side
I want to share that feeling
With others just like me, xo

In memory of our beloved cat Dude. He blessed us with unconditional love and affection for 22 years. He has left our world, but will always be in our hearts. We dedicate this program to him because of the loving support he represents. He was with me through all the lows of my mental illness and unquestionably helped me through it, allowing me to help others now.

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