I would say that if it had not gone on for that long and they were not really wholehearted attempts then it was more a cry for attention than for help with feelings of suicide. Many people will try to cry for help if they are not really sure that they want to commit suicide so it is hard to say what is going on in someone else's mind. We can try to work it out but we will never know for sure. It is a good thing that you are no longer in that situation as it was probably a very stressful one and not good for you emotionally and psychologically. It is a shame that people will manipulate other people's feelings especially when that person cares about them.