Harington, who played Jon Snow on the HBO series, entered a facility in Connecticut to take care of his mental health several weeks ago and has been there for almost a month, seeking treatment for stress and alcohol abuse.
The New York Post reports that Harington’s wife Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte on the show, has been very supportive of his decision. Harington was said to be “hit hard” by the show coming to an end.
He has been doing psychological coaching, meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy to deal with the stress that followed the show’s end.
One resident at the facility told the site, “Kit looks really good and appears to be very focused on his health and wellness. I have personally seen him out in the community many times. I think it’s wonderful that he is taking time to take care of himself – more people should.”
Page Six adds that the facility that Harington is in is “luxury rehab for stress and alcohol use” and that it is in Connecticut.
The newspaper adds that Harington is receiving treatment to manage stress and “negative emotions” as well as undergoing psychological coaching and therapy.
Fans that saw The Last Watch, HBO’s documentary about the series, saw just how connected Harington was to his character, Jon Snow.
He could be seen crying as he learned the ending of the show and prior to the airing on May 19, he was very vocal about just how much the role meant to him.
Harington’s rep confirmed the report in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, writing: “Kit has decided to utilize this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.”
Do what you have to do Kit, and kudos for dealing with your mental health issues.