SPARTA, NJ – The Vial of Life program being promoted by the Sparta Woman’s Club is expanding far beyond Sparta. The group is also promoting a change in the health form that is part of the kit to include a section that addresses mental health issues.
The Vial of Life kits contain a self-reporting health form that allows first responders to know about health issues, medicines, doctors and other contact information. Should there be a emergency, a Vial of Life sticker on the door alerts first responders to look for the container that contains the form. The forms being promoted by the Sparta Woman’s Club include a section for people to add information about mental health.
According to Marjorie Strohsahl, Vial of Life Chairwoman, this amended form has been supported by National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI. She said it has been adopted by the New Jersey State Federation of Woman’s Clubs publicizing it to all clubs in New Jersey. The club’s national organization, the General Federation of Women's Club is also publicizing in every state and 12 countries.
Locally the Vial of Life kits with the updated forms were offered at the Emergancy Services National Night Out, all of the back to school nights they will be available at the Center for Prevention’s Health and Wellness Workshop, according to Strohsahl.
“The more people see it, the more people will be comfortable with it,” Strohsahl.
She has had a offers of help putting the kits together. She said SCARC, Girl Scouts in Hardyston, the Sparta CERT team and Kim Bragg from the Sparta Board of Education. Strohsahl attended a meeting of Scout Troop 1150 to teach them how to present the kits at events. The girls will be distributing the kits at their invitational meeting of the whole troop she said.
“It’s been an explosion of interest,” Strohsahl said. For information, kits or to volunteer or donate please contact the Sparta Woman's Club.