As ‘Page 6’ have it, Harington is in Connecticut, receiving psychological coaching and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in order to healthily deal with the mental issues that he’s currently struggling with.
Referring to his chosen venue as a “wellness retreat”, the actor’s representative confirmed the news, explaining:
“Kit has decided to utilise this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.“
The actor rose to worldwide prominence in mid 2011, when Game of Thrones first hit our screens. His then-underdog character of Jon Snow provided a contrast to the entitlement surrounding him, and he soon became a fan-favourite.
Harington has previously struggled with the hangover from his most well-known job, especially after his infamous death scene in season five.
Feeling “unsafe” and “vulnerable” in public, the actor sought therapy, citing that the public scrutiny was taking its toll on his wellbeing.
More recently, speaking to Esquire about filming his last moments for Game of Thrones, he said:
“The final day of shooting, I felt fine…Then I went to do my last shots and started hyperventilating a bit. Then they called, ‘Wrap!’ And I just… broke down. It was this onslaught of relief and grief about not being able to do this again.“
It’s a brave step to take when, despite the recent good publicity, people suffering from mental health issues are still often tarred with the same brush and dismissed as crazy or, in a celebrity’s position, attention seeking and ungrateful.
There’s a reason why so many have descended into habits far worse than alcoholism and sometimes even have their lives cut short, and that’s often due to the shame of asking for help and self-medicating.
Best wishes to you, Kit. Come back stronger.
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