Al Davey, student, Editor-in-Chief of Cellar Roots and friend to many at Eastern Michigan University, died by suicide on July 3 at age 20. They are survived by their parents, Jeff and Mariann; their sisters, Claire and Caitlin; as well as friends and the EMU community.
Al was known by many for their advocacy for mental health awareness, as well as advocating on behalf of the LGBT community. During their life, they studied Creative Writing and Communications at Eastern and found many ways to convey their love of writing. Al was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Eastern's literary and art magazine, Cellar Roots, in 2017 and had published a collection of poems titled "At the Close." They also had their work published in two poetry anthologies and spent time at 826michigan as a volunteer. There, they worked with K-12 students, promoting inclusive learning and sharing their love of creative writing with their students.
As a student and friend, Al inspired many and will be remembered for their wisdom, friendliness and their love of sharing with the world.
While no memorial plans have been announced yet, Al's family and friends encourage donations to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention or the EKHS Vocal Music Program.
Given the shared grief of the Eastern community following Al's death, it is important to remember that there is always support, both on and off campus. Students needing mental and emotional support can contact EMU's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to schedule a week day appointment (between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or access the after hours phone support (evenings and weekend) by calling 734. 487.1118.
Other resources include:
- Text HELLO to 741 – 741 to be connected to the Crisis Text Line
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
- Trevor Project Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386
- Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 Press 1