Mental health, racial justice & migration: pitch us

"Call for pitches: mental health, racial justice and migration" on a colourful background

NSUN (The National Survivor User Network) is a membership organisation of people and grassroots groups with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress, or trauma.

Responding to recent policy developments – in particular the plans to offshore migrants and those seeking asylum in Rwanda – we’re looking to commission written pieces for a policy series on mental health, racial justice and migration, to be published on the NSUN website. We’re interested in pieces that interrogate how we approach and understand policy in this area and the political climate in which it’s developed. 

This might include:

  • analysing how Prevent impacts on the mental health of people and communities
  • the weaponisation of gender in narratives of migration and mental health
  • the framing of the current mental health needs of people with insecure migration status 
  • looking at how mental health falls between the gaps of civil society policy work in this space


Payment to the writers of commissioned pieces will be £100. We are looking for commissioned articles to be between 500-1000 words in length and in the style of an opinion piece or critical essay. We are not currently looking to commission fiction or poetry. We will only be commissioning writers with lived experience of mental ill-health, trauma, and/or distress.

We are asking for an initial outline of ~150 words to tell us what you’re writing about and why your angle matters. Please feel free to include links to your writing if you have any, though this is not essential. 

We especially welcome interest from grassroots groups campaigning in and around migration, racial justice and mental health. 


We asking for outlines of ~150 words via the form below by Friday 6th May 2022.

Please email communications manager Amy Wells ( or policy officer Mary Sadid ( if you have any questions. You can read our previous series on abolition and mental health here.


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