Will Young has been announced as a patron for an LGBT mental health charity.

PACE has been working for three decades to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in London. In the last few months the singer has been getting to know the staff and some of the clients at PACE. Recently he took part in a discussion with young LGBT people to talk about his experiences as a gay man and answer their questions.

“Every LGBT person should be granted the right to freedom of expression and personal fulfilment without prejudice” said Young.

He added: “Here at PACE we support LGBT people and allow them to grow by listening, advising and most importantly allowing people to be themselves. It’s an absolute pleasure to become a patron of PACE; being able to listen to and learn from lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people about their experiences of developing better mental health is a privilege.”

PACE Chief Exuective Margaret Unwin said: “It’s fantastic to have Will Young working with PACE. We know that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experience higher levels of mental ill health and we believe this to be unjust. Will’s involvement will really help us to create more public discussion about the importance of better mental health for all LGBT people.”

Last month, Will Young warned that schools are still not doing enough to curb children’s use of “gay” as an insult.