suicide gesture

su·i·cide ges·ture

an apparent attempt at suicide by someone wishing to attract attention, gain sympathy, or achieve some goal other than self-destruction.

suicide gesture

(in psychiatric nursing) an apparent attempt by a patient to cause self-injury without lethal consequences and generally without actual intent to commit suicide. A suicide gesture serves to attract attention to the patient's disturbed emotional status but is not as serious as a suicide attempt, although it may result in suicide, intentional or not.

Suicide gesture

Attempted suicide characterized by a low-lethality method, low level of intent or planning, and little physical damage. Pseudocide is another term for a suicide gesture.
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su·i·cide ges·ture

(sūi-sīd jeschŭr)
Apparent attempt at suicide by someone wishing to attract attention, gain sympathy, or achieve some goal other than self-destruction.
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Parents indicated 41% of children had suicidal thoughts; 11% made a suicide gesture.
Approximately five Soldiers made some form of suicide gesture every day within 2008.
He's a cultist, and made this tremendous suicide gesture, which is not that far from the Heaven's Gate/Jonestown thing.
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9,11) Although completed suicides have been reported, (3,4,13) most of the extant literature describes adults who made suicide gestures and unsuccessful suicide attempts by medication overdose, (2,3) self-immolation, (1) ingesting toxic substances, (2,8,10) jumping from high places, (15) hanging, (6) running in front of a motor vehicle, (7) and cutting or stabbing.
Several mentioned that notes regarding suicide gestures or major behavioral or disciplinary issues would be kept for a longer period.
Thirty individuals made suicide gestures by jumping out of cars into traffic.
There is also this myth that people who make suicide gestures or attempts are not really suicidal--that if they really were suicidal, they would just do it.
The court heard Miss Smith was an alcoholic who indulged in selutilation and suicide gestures.
Youthful offenders who retreat into their own worlds, want to be left alone, or complain of illness to feign social interaction should be carefully monitored, since they are at greater potential for suicide gestures and acts.