The former Scotland international’s decision to start the charity was heavily influenced by his brother, Scott, who tragically took his own life in 2016.
Boyd admits that losing his brother at such a young age – he was just 27-years old – was a real wake-up call and that he’s now looking to end the stigma surrounding mental health as a result.
The ex-Rangers striker is aiming to combat the misconceptions surrounding both stress and anxiety through the Kris Boyd Charity – Getting Your Head Back in the Game.
Boyd, who holds the record for scoring the most goals in Scottish Premier League history, told the website that he’s aiming to both raise awareness and “ultimately find better solutions” to mental health issues.
And while he concedes that the charity is not prescribing medication and that they won’t be able to cure all the ills, he’s been commended on social media for looking to make a positive change:
Great stuff Kris ?
— Ian Mclean (bear, RFC) (@ianmclean1872) January 12, 2018
This is awesome from Kris Boyd and for a great cause too. All the best with it ?? https://t.co/marLYUYwl8
— Kirsten (@kirsten93_) January 12, 2018
Touch of class from Kris. ?
— Cairo Kearney (@Look_at_em123) January 12, 2018
— ? Michael Hamilton (@broadcastjourno) January 12, 2018
— Graeme (@GraemeN82) January 12, 2018
Wonderful action by Kris Boyd, a high profile sport and media personality. Any action to help overcome stigma and allow more understanding and support for people dealing with mental health issues. Great focus to follow.
— Craig Armstrong (@armstrong_66) January 12, 2018
Tremendous Boydy. As someone who lives with bi polar disorder, I’m proud to see someone in the public eye and revered by thousands get behind this and actively do something to help. #9
— Paul Gascoigne Loyal (@jdsevco) January 12, 2018
Well in Kris, hope people find what they are looking for from it.
— Colin Bruce (@cozzybruce1888) January 12, 2018
Good stuff, more needs to be done in this country, hope it's a huge success.
— Stuart J Boyce (@boyceyboyce) January 12, 2018
Good luck to Kris Boyd with the launch of his mental health charity, a subject I know he feels deeply about for personal reasons. Please retweet and support https://t.co/KQg3FPcg2d
— Robert Grieve (@robert_grieve) January 12, 2018
Well done Kris Boyd
Turning a personal tragedy into helping others and hopefully avoiding heartache for another family. He should be roundly applauded for his efforts https://t.co/nJNHttKB0t
— Thelionbrand (@thelionbrand) January 12, 2018
Great cause! All the best with it Boydy
— Kevin Geddes (@Geddes1989) January 12, 2018
Take a bow Boydy. A very noble thing to do. Good luck.
— Robert McM (@RobertMcM81) January 12, 2018
— Pete Noble (@petenoble1973) January 12, 2018
Best of luck to Kris Boyd with this. ????
— Malc ??????? (@MalcWare74) January 12, 2018
Say what you want about kris Boyd !! Mans a legend https://t.co/80PWSKzs2Q
— Super Single Bets (@lucas1official) January 12, 2018
— Michael Beirne (@MBeirne93) January 12, 2018
Fair play to Kris Boyd, no ma favourite footballer by a long shot, but some effort starting that mental health charity ?
— Kieran (@kmccluskey67) January 12, 2018
You can donate to the Kris Boyd Charity via the official website here.