Piumee Bandara is a Consultant to the WHO (Department of Mental Health and Substance Use). Her work primarily involves supporting low- and middle-income countries develop and implement national suicide prevention strategies with a particular focus on advocating for pesticide suicide prevention initiatives where relevant. She has recently submitted her doctoral thesis on the relationship between domestic violence and suicidal behaviour in Sri Lanka and has a continued interest in this area of work.
Piumee Bandara summarises a cross-sectional study which finds that people who had experienced lifetime intimate partner violence (IPV) were almost three times more likely to have made a suicide attempt in the past year, compared to people without experience of IPV.[read the full story...]