Thanks for the response to my question.I didn't really mean that they HAVE nothing better to do but that they seem to find nothing better to do (big difference). For instance they haven't learned that talking helps, running, exercise, punching bag etc, but have learned that hurting themselves helps for some reason. It's not ALL about attention either. It seems to also have something to do with being in control of a situation, making the grown ups jump, and the release of pressure from anxiety. You are absolutely correct that some who have committed suicide never meant to go all the way with it.
[This message has been edited by pammypoo (edited 11-13-98).]