What is a parasuicide?

What is a parasuicide? Here are some definitions.

  1. A supposed suicide attempt that was not intended to succeed.
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But in contrast to the way suicide is predominantly carried out by males, parasuicide is much more common among females.
Health staff have shown negative attitudes to parasuicide patients.
One in every 160 teenage girls was treated for deliberate self-harm in hospital last year, according to the latest figures from the National Parasuicide Registry.
Research shows that there is a strong association between socio-economic deprivation and parasuicide.
Attempted suicide, or parasuicide, is highest in Limerick city at 425 attempts per every 100,000 males.

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