Ayrshire football legend Kris Boyd has been sharing some words of wisdom with students from University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

The Tarbolton native joined staff and students at UWS to open up about mental health.

Boyd spoke in depth about the work of The Kris Boyd Charity, set up following the tragic passing of his younger brother, Scott, and encouraged attendees not to be afraid to reach out if they are in need of support, or to others who may be struggling.

Kris Boyd said: “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to speak with the staff and students of UWS, about a subject which means a great deal to me.

“The audience was very engaged, which is hugely encouraging.

“It’s important to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing mental health, and their own situation. Once we do this, then we will make a difference. It is also important to ensure that people are aware of the support that is available, whether this be with support agencies, family, or friends.”

Kris was joined by John McTaggart, curriculum manager at Ayrshire College, and Mary McClung, from the charity, who discussed the important work they do and the award-winning #PassingPositivity campaign.

Marla Baird, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser at UWS, said: “We are very grateful to Kris for taking the time to participate in this event, and talk about a subject that I know is very close to his heart.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Kris and Ayrshire College going forward, to explore how we can embed the excellent #PassingPositivity approach within UWS.”

You can find out more about The Kris Boyd Charity here.