As students return to school after a long summer holiday some of them report feeling a sense of impending doom resting on their shoulders. Long gone are the days of summer sun and laid back relaxation; this has been replaced with homework and endless classes. In this high pressure context, young people on Twitter have been mentioning something called a “back to school necklace” – let’s take a look at its meaning and where the phrase came from.
What is the meaning of a back to school necklace?
A back to school necklace is another term for a noose, according to Urban Dictionary.
The dark and disturbing term is believed to reflect the despair and sadness some students report feeling on the first day of school after a long summer holiday.
The meaning of a back to school necklace touches upon themes of suicide and depression, and, although often used as a jokey slang term, it has deeper and more serious connotations.
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Twitter reacts to the new phrase
Many students have taken to Twitter to post about the back to school necklace trend and tweet about their lack of joy at going back to school.
However, some users were shocked at just how sombre the back to school necklace phrase really is.
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Teen suicide rates increase in the USA
Young people in the USA have been reporting feelings of burnout and anxiety after studying during the pandemic.
There has also been a sharp rise in suicide rates in young people over the past decade. The suicide rate of 10-24 year olds in the US has increased by almost 60% from 2007 to 2018.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, or want to support someone else dealing with this, you can reach out to a professional via the contact links below.
Samaritans UK: 116 123
National Suicide Prevention Hotline US: 1-800-273-8255
Further resources: https://suicidehotlines.com/national.html