Boyd: Mental health is a big issue everywhere - not just football

Boyd: Mental health is a big issue everywhere - not just football

in #KillieStories January 12, 2018

Kris Boyd says his new charity will aim to help those in and out of football as he aims to honour the memory of his brother Scott.

The Killie striker's sibling took his own life in September 2016, at the age of 27 and was part of the inspiration behind The Kris Boyd Charity.

Aiming to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues, the 34-year-old outlined his goals for his new foundation.

"In the world of football you always see it," Boyd said. "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 happened. But the reality is if people open up and speak it can help everyone.

"I started talking to Donald [MacNaughton] and realised there was an opportunity for me to go and tackle something that inside football I felt was a big problem.

"After what happened with Scott and even just being a father and a husband, I realised that life isn't plain sailing. There are ups and downs.

"Social media can play a part. When you look online everyone else's life looks rosy. You have people posting pictures of themselves out for a steak dinner or having lobster. But what they don't post is the toast and beans they had the night before. But if you're looking at everyone having a great time, it's easy to ask, "Why aren't I?".

"So being able to understand that is the big thing. Being able to understand you'll have good days and bad but that you can also come out the other side of it. And really understanding yourself gives you the best chance to do that.

"We still don't know why my brother did what he did but if we can help others to understand themselves, hopefully they won't get to that stage. If we're able to help one person then it'll be a success."

The charity will host a Valentine's Ball at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday, February 17 with tickets priced at £70 per person.

For more information on the foundation, visit The Kris Boyd Charity