Grappling with psychological well being points could be a particularly troublesome expertise for many individuals.

Nevertheless, one Meadville counselor has launched a clothes and accent model supposed to assist encourage and help these coping with psychological well being struggles.

Kayla Scheanon of French Creek Counseling launched her model, Self Evolver, on Oct. 22. The road, which incorporates every part from tank tops to hoodies to varied equipment, options clothes with phrases like “Personal Your Evolution” and “Psychological Well being Issues” printed on them.

Scheanon, who has been in observe for 10 years, was impressed to make the clothes line by interplay along with her purchasers. A few of these purchasers, she mentioned, would grow to be very pleased with themselves and the progress they made, and she or he wished to present them one thing to mirror that feeling.

“I wished to design a clothes model for those that have been engaged on themselves, whether or not they have been engaged on despair or anxiousness, they usually may put on one thing to point out their progress and to be pleased with themselves,” she mentioned.

In truth, the title Self Evolver got here out of periods she’s had with purchasers. Scheanon incessantly discovered herself speaking about evolution and evolving when chatting with individuals about going through psychological well being points.

So necessary a task did her expertise with purchasers play in making the road, that Scheanon feels she will’t actually name Self Evolver her personal model.

“Individuals impressed me to create it,” she mentioned. “I do not think about it my model, I think about it all people’s.”

Along with giving a lift in self-confidence, one other objective of Self Evolver is to normalize dialogue about psychological well being. By putting the subject on one thing so seen as a shirt or hat, Scheanon hopes to carry the topic to the floor, fairly than have it hidden away.

“Prior to now, traditionally, psychological well being has been very stigmatized and one thing individuals do not discuss,” Scheanon mentioned.

“We actually wish to scale back the stigma of psychological well being,” she later mentioned.

Accompanying the merchandise themselves are tales of people that have undergone nice change and development of their lives. These ambassadors of the model, referred to as Self Evolvers, have their tales shared on the official Self Evolver web site, and purposes are open for anybody to share their story.

One such Self Evolver is Aaron Diaz, the proprietor/operator and Valor Fight Academy of Meadville and co-owner of Valor Private Protection Techniques. Diaz’s story follows him from rising up in public housing along with his household dwelling off authorities help, to becoming a member of the U.S. Military and changing into the primary in his household to enroll in school.

Diaz mentioned that when Scheanon defined the thought behind the model to him, he was very receptive to it. He noticed it as an extension of his personal work in instructing individuals self protection, which he mentioned empowers others and helps to make them extra assured.

“You are nearly carrying your title,” Diaz mentioned. “You are carrying your evolution.”

Sharing his story on such a public medium was a primary for Diaz, nevertheless it has impressed him. He has now gotten concerned in motivational talking, one thing he first did throughout a retreat with Scheanon’s assist.

“It is actually shifting me into a very completely different path that I by no means even considered,” he mentioned.

To place it one other means, Diaz feels the expertise exhibits how he’s nonetheless evolving.

Engaged on launching the Self Evolver line took round a yr, Scheanon mentioned, and it has began to search out its viewers. As gross sales decide up, she hopes to have the ability to donate proceeds to foundations or charities that target psychological well being, poverty, home violence and homelessness.

For these eager about shopping for Self Evolver merchandise, they’re out there at Anybody eager about changing into a Self Evolver ambassador may apply to take action on the web site.

Sean P. Ray could be reached at (814) 724-6370 or by e-mail at