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Counselors at Plaza Park Tuesday morning

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Counselors met with student at Plaza Park International Prep Academy Tuesday following the death of one of their peers.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office says the 13-year-old's death on Friday was ruled a suicide.

School officials tell us there were no reports of bullying and the boy was a good student.

They tell us other parents were not notified of the incident because it was discovered after school let out and no other students were in danger.

Officials say the counselors met with 2 students and one adult.

If your student wasn't able to attend the session  Tuesday morning, there is help in the community.

The Mulberry Center in downtown Evansville has four child therapists on staff that routinely discuss issues concerning suicide. 

Officials say they are seeing an increase in the number of youth who commit suicide and an increase in the number of young people who are self harming by cutting. 

The CDC estimates that one in five high school students seriously consider suicide, many of them creating a plan.
  
"There's never a young age not to start talking to your kids about mental health," therapist Jayme Trevino says. 
  
Trevino, a child therpaist at The Mulberry Center, says she talks about feelings with her young child.
 
"It's important to see how they're doing and ask them what's the best part of their day, what's been the worst part of your day. Get them to talk about the good and the bad because it's just awareness of what's going on so you can get them help if they need to talk to somebody," Trevino says.
 
For more resource on counselors and suicide awareness, call 812-423-4700. You can also visit The Mulberry Center's website, here.  
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