Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd hopes to honour the memory of his late brother Scott by encouraging more people to open up about their mental health issues.

The former Scotland international and his family were struck by tragedy in September 2016 when his younger sibling took his own life at the age of 27.

But Boyd has now decided to set up his own charity in the hope he can help others suffering with mental health problems.

The 34-year-old has teamed up with life coach Donald MacNaughton to form The Kris Boyd Charity, which will offer a range of services to help tackle the problem.

Kilmarnock’s Kris Boyd is pictured at the launch of his charity

The subject is close to his heart but Boyd believes more people will be able to deal with their issues if they feel able to talk about them.

“In the world of football you always see it,” said the ex-Rangers striker. “There’s a lot of kids out there whose dream doesn’t really work out and you can see them struggling once they leave football. But this is a big problem everywhere – not just in football.

“So it’s always been something that has been in the back of my mind.

“Then when what happened with my little brother – which was obviously a big shock and is still raw – it made me decide to try to raise awareness about this issue and make people understand themselves basically.

“The stigma is there in every day life. It can be a male thing in Scotland to act the tough man and just get on as if nothing has…

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