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

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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Approximately five Soldiers made some form of suicide gesture every day within 2008.
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In this study, the exact nature of the suicide gestures was not documented, leaving open the question of lethality of the attempts.
He identifies a small minority as "genuinely ill psychiatric patients," and defines others as "suicide gestures" or "serious attempts."
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Of course, we need to keep the lines of communication open with our youth so the emotional upheaval that leads to suicide gestures can be identified and dealt with early and effectively.
(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.
Some facility directors labeled all such acts as "suicide gestures," which do not require an investigation and a report, rather than "serious suicide attempts," which do.
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.