Rocky parents speak out about their Angel's depression

TRAGIC LOSS: Tributes have been flowing on social media in memory of 14-year-old Angel Cowie who tragically took her life on Tuesday.
TRAGIC LOSS: Tributes have been flowing on social media in memory of 14-year-old Angel Cowie who tragically took her life on Tuesday.

WITH tears in their eyes, Michael Cowie and Renea Wheatley smile as they remember their little girl, their shining star, their Angel.

And that's exactly what she was, an Angel.

Angel Harmony Cowie was a 14-year-old who loved her music, was learning to play the drums and had a talent for sketching.

"She was an upcoming tattoo artist; that was her main dream," her dad said.

But it was a battle with depression that saw Angel take her own life on Tuesday.

Michael and Renea knew about the depression that Angel, a Glenmore State High student, was going through and were doing all they could to help their little girl. "She was depressed and had been for months," Renea said.

Michael and Renea want other parents to know how serious depression can be.

"A lot of parents wouldn't be aware of it, when they work heaps," Michael said.

"Some parents think it's just teenagers being teenagers.

"If we can save another kid anywhere (through Angel's story), that's what matters," he said.

Michael and Renea don't want another parent to feel the pain they're going through. "We have lost our baby girl, this is the hardest thing we have ever or will ever have to go through and we never for a second thought this could happen to our family," Renea said.

"Cherish your children and all of those you love, make everyday count.

"Tell your loved ones how loved they truly are and give them endless long hugs.

"Our hearts will forever ache for Angel, she is our everything," she said.

Angel, who was an older sister to Amber, was always there to listen.

"She was very caring and liked to help others; and she loved her friends and family," her mum said.

Renea said she knows that Angel would want to help others struggling with depression by sharing her story.

A tribute Facebook page has been created in Angel's memory, truly showing how much she meant to others.

"(The page) really touched me, I love it," Renea said.

Despite some Facebook comments regarding bullying, mum Renea said there was no evidence of bullying in her daughter's life.

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