The parents of a 13-year-old boy who took his own life earlier this year said they are still struggling to come to terms with their son's inexplicable decision and death.
Jimi McDowell, a sportsmad, funny and well-liked teenager, committed suicide at a park near his home in Morley, Perth, in late February.
Six months later, his devastated parents Debra Brumby and Jason McDowell have revealed they still coming to terms with Jimi's death, as it came as a complete shock.
'My head knows it's real but my heart keeps saying this isn't possible, it can't be real, how am I supposed to go on now,' Ms Brumby told Perth Now as she choked back tears.
'(Georgie) is the reason. She's the only reason I get up in the mornings. I've got no choice, I've got to keep going for this one's sake. But the flip side is the pain. Because this is now a life sentence,' she said, referring to Jimi's younger sister, who pretends her brother is on a holiday with friends.
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Perth teenager Jimi McDowell tragically took his own life earlier this year, just two weeks before his 14th birthday
Jimi was sportsmad, a keen rugby player and was the captain of his team last year
His parents (pictured) said they are still struggling to come to terms with their son's inexplicable decision and death
Ms Brumby and Mr McDowell said they are speaking of their grief in the hope no other parent will ever have to experience the same loss.
Ms Brumby said Jimi never showed signs of depression and was a fun-loving teenager with 'more friends than he knew what to do with.'
'He was a really happy kid. The only time