parasuicide

n.
a self-injuring act (such as an overdose of sleeping tablets) that is not motivated by a genuine wish to die. It differs from attempted suicide in being common in young people who are distressed but not seriously mentally ill. However, many people who have acted in this way go on to attempt, or even to achieve, suicide. Help in sorting out their difficulties should therefore be given. See also Samaritans.

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para·sui·cide (par″ə-sooґĭ-sīd) attempted suicide, emphasizing that in most such attempts death is not the desired outcome.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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