Last week, Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell was detained by San Diego police and taken to a local hospital following a lewd incident in which Russell was seen naked and running around the streets. After initial reports claimed he was drunk, the charity and his family insists Russell is suffering from a mental breakdown brought on by stress.
Recently, Russell’s wife Danica Russell, released a statement thanking supporters for continuing to stick by them.
“Thank you to those who continue to support both us, and Invisible Children. The organization is an extension of our family, and we hope that Jason’s vision and work toward peace in the region remains the focus, and comes as soon as possible, as they continue to work in his absence.
We would, again, like to make it clear that Jason’s incident was in no way the result of drugs or alcohol. The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by the extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration. Though new to us, the doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks. Even for us, it’s hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention -both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days.
Jason will get better. He has a long way to go, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery. He is, and will remain, under hospital care for a number of weeks; and after that, the recovery process could take months before he is fully able to step back into his role with Invisible Children. During that time, we will focus not on a speedy recovery, but a thorough one.
On Jason’s behalf, keep your attention turned to the end of Africa’s longest running conflict, and setting a precedent for all future injustice.
With love and overflow of gratitude for your prayers, we thank you.”
The film, Invisible Children, urged viewers to make Joseph Kony the” most famous man in the world” by plastering their cities with posters and stickers of the LRA leader on April 20, but has this incident damaged that misson? Invisible Children hope that isn’t the case.
What do you think? Will Invisible Children’s mission be diminished by Jason Russell’s breakdown? Speak on it!