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health system. About three weeks before Liam’s death, he had threatened to harm himself at Halswell Quarry Park. Police were called

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pital until the Friday before his death. Mr Booth has since told the Canterbury District Health Board that hospital staff had wrongly discharged Liam and taken his word he was not going to harm himself. Following Liam’s death, Mr Booth filed a complaint with the CDHB and is still waiting for a response. Mr Booth has since met with some of the CDHB’s key managers to ask what went wrong – but they were unable to tell him anything. He said things have been up and down for him since the death of his son. “Some days you win and some days you don’t. Some days it affects you more than others,” he said. Liam’s death has been referred to the coroner.

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„„ By Georgia O’Connor-Harding PREBBLETON could be getting a Raeward Fresh. Foodstuffs South Island Ltd has lodged a resource consent to the district council to operate a Raeward Fresh store along with a cafe and associated car-parking. It would be located at 563 Springs Rd – down the road from green grocer, Healthy Harvest Fruit and Veges. Foodstuffs South Island property and retail development general manager Roger Davidson said Prebbleton was chosen due to projected customer demand. He said there was a desire from consumers to have access to good quality fresh fruit and produce. Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall said the new potential shop was exciting.  “We have had applications put in the last 12 months that haven’t turned into anything so it is exciting to see that happening,” he said. 

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„„ By Georgia O’Connor-Harding GREENDALE resident Geoff Booth will meet with Selwyn MP Amy Adams this week to discuss the death of his son and raise awareness of the mental health system. He will meet with Ms Adams to discuss his son Liam, 21, who died from a suspected suicide on October 2, days after he had been treated at Hillmorton Hospital. Liam’s body was found in Beckenham Park, close to where he lived. Mr Booth said he is hoping to show Ms Adams what is left for people who survive after there is suicide in the family and what sort of affect it has on them. “She is my local MP – she represents me in Parliament and I suppose she needs to be aware, but it is probably more Jacinda Ardern and the new Government. I need to get in their ear to be able to change the outcome to suicide,” he said. He has written to Ms Ardern and Minister of Health David Clark to raise awareness about the country’s mental

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