KRIS Boyd last night claimed Neil Lennon has saved lives by speaking openly about his struggles with depression and admitted that he is determined to do the same thing after launching his mental health charity.

The Kilmarnock striker has set up The Kris Boyd Charity to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide practical support to people experiencing anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.

The 35-year-old’s younger brother Scott took his own life in September 2016.

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The former Rangers player praised Celtic great Lennon for talking about the personal issues he has experienced.

“Neil has been seen in a totally different light since that,” he said.

“A lot of people would come out and say he was a hothead, but most people didn’t understand what was going through his head.

“I think when he first openly spoke about it I think it would have saved a lot of people. If someone like that can come out and speak it can only help. If a Celtic captain, a Celtic manager, can speak about it why can’t others?”

Boyd added: “For this charity I will be at the forefront and I will try to engage with as many people as I possibly can. But we need more people to come forward.”