Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, has made what has been described as a “major” donation to an LGBT youth suicide helpline.
The donation was made to The Trevor Project, the only 24/7 suicide and crisis prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth in the US.
“I am very pleased to begin my support of The Trevor Project, which saves lives every day through its critical work,” said Radcliffe in a statement.
“It’s extremely distressing to consider that in 2009 suicide is a top three killer of young people, and it’s truly devastating to learn that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.
“I deeply hope my support can raise the organisation’s visibility so even more despondent youth become aware of the Trevor helpline’s highly trained counsellors and Trevor’s many other resources.
“It’s vitally important that young people understand they are not alone and, perhaps even more important, that their young lives have real value.”
Radcliffe has been vocal in his support for the LGBT community, previously publicly condemning homophobia and describing rumours that he might be gay as “awesome.”
In addition to The Trevor Helpline, the organisation operates a number of other programs that assist LGBT youth both online and in schools. Radcliffe’s gift will help fund these efforts as well as the organisation’s national education and advocacy work.
The amount of the donation was not revealed by the organisation.