This summer, a Home Office campaign is asking young people across the UK to live #KnifeFree.
99% of young people in England and Wales live knife free. And, while those that carry often claim to do it to feel safer, carrying a knife can get you into dangerous situations.
Even if you can avoid the violence, there are severe emotional, personal and legal consequences that can come from knife carrying.
The #KnifeFree campaign shares videos of true stories from young people who have made the decision to live knife free, in a bid to encourage others to do the same.
A website has also been set up as part of the campaign, which includes details on the real stories of Ben, Aliya and Sammy; what you can do if you are worried about someone else; and details of help and support that is out there if you want to live knife free.
While some young people pick up a knife to feel safer, they don’t realise that carrying makes them more likely to get into serious danger. A knife can escalate things way out of your control, and make a bad situation much worse.
It might not always seem like it, but putting down the knife will make you safer and help you to reach your full potential. Don’t let prison or serious injury stop you achieving your goals.
Help & Support
Whether you carry a knife, are thinking about carrying, or are worried about someone you know getting involved with knives – there is help and support available. It can be a tough thing to do, but support is there to help anyone join the millions of young people who live knife free.
Victim Support if you need support to move forward after being affected by crime; regardless of how long ago the crime took place, or if it has been reported or not.
Childline offer counselors for young people 24 hours a day to support any issue they are going through.
Fearless is a service which lets you pass on information about crime 100% anonymously.
If you are in danger, or need immediate help, always phone the emergency services on 999.