Psych

Ward

Greeting

Cards

We make it easy to show patients in the psychiatric unit you care.

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.

Sharing a card can have a wonderful impact on a patient at their lows - offering help, encouragement, and hope. They need our support at this critical and vulnerable time.

More than 80% of former psychiatric unit patients surveyed said receiving a "get well soon" card would have helped their recovery.

Donate a card. Send it to us.

And we'll deliver it to the psychiatric unit.

We regularly visit psychiatric units, distributing donated cards with inspiring messages and treats, at leading hospitals in the New York City area - the Payne Whitney Clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, and Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.

We personally meet and speak to patients, sharing our lived experience and hope that recovery from mental illness is possible. 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 us handmade or store-bought cards with your own message or blank cards. It's always nice to adorn the cards with decorations, stickers, and other artwork.

Write a Message if You Wish

You can include an inspirational and hopeful message such as "get well soon", "have hope", or "you can recover". The patients especially like messages about overcoming struggle. During our visits, the patients often read the messages aloud to each other, which can be very moving. Most messages are about three lines long. It's nice to sign the card with your first name.

Donate Blank Cards

Please feel free to send blank cards as well. We helped develop a program where patients in psychiatric units write messages in cards and exchange them with each other. Also, we collaborate with two leading mental health non-profits in NYC, Fountain House and NAMI-NYC, whose members also write messages in the blank cards we distribute to patients. If you donate blank cards, it’s nice to write your first name and your state abbreviation on the back of each card so it feels more personalized.

Donations by Card Designers

We love to collaborate with card designers and artists. We welcome cards from previous years lines and/or with slight imperfections. No envelopes required.

Donate Holiday Cards

The holidays can be an especially lonely time in psychiatric units. We have had special holiday hospital visits for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas/Hanukkah, Valentine's Day, and Easter/Passover.

A Few Considerations

We especially welcome cards donated by people living with mental illness and their supporters who are many of our contributors. Please do not include faith-based messages; we appreciate the thought but are unable to control the distribution of cards to individual recipients. Please do not include identifying information on the card or card envelopes.



All contributions and hospital visits will be featured on our ForLikeMinds

Facebook page

and in the

Our Work

section of our program.

Please mail all cards to:

Katherine Ponte

Real MH Works, LLC

P.O. Box 251

Shokan, NY 12481

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.

Our program was inspired by my experiences living with severe bipolar I disorder, including three hospitalizations. Since I returned home from the last stay and until this day, my Mom and Dad have sent me the most loving cards every week. They make me feel loved and cared for, remembered, and needed. I want to share these same feelings with all psychiatric patients.

- Katherine

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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