Humans of Healthcare

Medical students on the Leeds MBChB course and professionals in Medicine, talk about the challenges they have had and how they have dealt with them.

Humans of Healthcare is a podcast show led by University of Leeds medical students. Here students and senior staff can talk about the issues they have had and how they have dealt with them. The aim of this is to show that all of us can have challenges throughout our life and it is normal. In medicine there is no need to hide these issues and it is good to talk about them with colleagues, friends and professionals if required. Through this we hope to dispel the myth that medical students and doctors have to be super heroes, and that like everyone else they need to look after their physical and mental health. 

About the host

Funmi Abari is a 4th year medical student at the University of Leeds.  

A qualified chemist, TEDx speaker and often referred to as ‘The Young People’s Life Coach’.  

She is the founder of an international community platform dedicated to building resilient communities - The Empower Us Project and also the co-founder of student-led collective The Race Against Medicine.  

Funmi’s political journey began at just 16, where national papers predicted that Funmi would serve our country as the first black, female, muslim Prime Minister following her historic public address in the House of Commons.  

Ten years on, she is now on a mission to marry medicine and global activism to serve communities in West Africa, through establishing resilient health systems and policies.  

UK National Mental Health Week 2019

Humans of Healthcare is debuting the first episode in line with UK National Mental Health week Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Mental Health Foundation has been hosting this week since 2001. Visit the website for more information about support and events happening all across the UK.  

One of our medical students Gemma Whyatt shares her story about her skin condition congenital melanocytic naevus (CMN), and how she was involved in the #HowDoYouCMeNow exhibition. Gemma’s story has been split in to two parts, the second part will be available in two weeks’ time. 

How do I listen?

Open the Apple podcast app or download a podcast app through the Google Play Store, then search ‘Humans of Healthcare’ and subscribe to the channel for free!

Make sure to like and subscribe to the channel to receive the latest episodes. Each time a new episode is out, the app will either send a notification to your device, or you can set up your app to download each new episode as soon as it is released. 


Listeners affected by the discussions on the podcasts are advised to visit the University of Leeds wellbeing and support area or GP for further support. Alternatively you can email our student support team 

Please be aware that ‘Humans of Healthcare’ is not a substitute for professional counselling support. ‘Humans of Healthcare’ may give information or guidance that could bring about positive change.  


Contact us

We are looking to get more students and staff involved on the show to talk about their experiences. If you would like to be a guest on the show, please submit bullet point key messages of your story to

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