A Greenwich charity has received a £120,000 grant to boost its London-wide mental health programme.

METRO, received nearly £120,000 from the City of London Corporation's charity, City Bridge Trust for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

Recent findings by the charity's action research project, Youth Chances, found that 52 per cent of LGBTQ young people have self-harmed, 44 per cent have considered suicide and 42 per cent sought treatment for depression or anxiety.

METRO Chief Executive, Dr Greg Ussher said: "The findings from our Youth Chances research and the demand on our existing mental health programme show just how vital this funding is to enable us to support so many more Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) young people across London."

Established in 1984, METRO is one of London's few specialist providers of emotional and mental health support to the LGBTQ community.

The charity has seen an inceased demand for their mental health services throughout the borough.

City Bridge Trust addresses disadvantage by supporting London charities, providing grants totalling around £15 million each year.

Jeremy Mayhew, Chairman of City Bridge Trust said: "At City Bridge Trust, we are committed to supporting METRO centre in breaking down barriers, removing stigma and improving mental health.

"Understanding their needs and providing accessible services during a difficult time in their lives, is vitally important."