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.

Each month we distribute donated cards with inspiring messages and treats to patients at leading hospitals in the New York City area. We visit in-person and deliver cards to the Payne Whitney Clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, and Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.

We 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 inspirational and hopeful message or blank cards. It's always nice to adorn the cards with decorations, stickers, and other artwork. We often feature donated cards on our ForLikeMinds Facebook Page and Psych Ward Greeting Cards Blog.

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". Most messages are about three lines long. 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. Please do not include faith-based messages; we appreciate the thought but are unable to control the distribution of cards to individual recipients.

Donate Blank Cards

Please feel free to send blank cards as well. We make sure all cards include a message. We also 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 write messages in some of the blank cards that we distribute to patients. If you donate blank cards, it’s nice to write your first name and state abbreviation on the back of each card to help personalize it.

Donations by Card Designers & Artists

We love to collaborate with card designers and artists. We welcome cards from previous years’ lines and/or with slight imperfections. Envelopes are not required. We also share beautiful coloring cards designed by Patrick Hruby for us. We share them with patients. You may also like them.

Donations by Non-profits

We love to partner with non-profits who share our mission. We have a wonderful ongoing collaboration with the Silver Center at Fountain House. We have also received donations from faith-based and educational institutions.

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.

501(c)(3)
Make a donation

Please consider making a donation to us. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Our Board of Directors are Katherine Ponte, Izzy Goncalves, Jake Foley, and Nathan Romano.
Please make a donation and accept our heartfelt thanks.

Our Impact

We launched our program in June, 2019. In its first two years, we shared over 3,500 cards and 25,000 Hershey Kisses with patients. We have received thousands of card donations from across the country. Learn more. We are pleased that the program has been so highly praised by all types of participants. See hospital testimonials - one, two and three - and patient testimonials - one and two.

Please mail all cards to:

Katherine Ponte

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.

Contact Us