Stigma is rooted in maintaining systems of oppression and can manifest on interpersonal and systemic levels. Stereotypes teach us that people who have certain conditions or identities are less deserving of care. These narratives cause loved ones and providers alike to have less access to information about evidence-based interventions that would support the well-being of communities of color, drug-using communities, and individuals with mental health needs, among others. Similarly, people who experience shame feel more socially isolated and are less likely to seek support when needed, which can lead to preventable illness and death. Undoing stigma requires telling stories in ways that elicit humanity and compassion, while supporting dignity.