Skip to main content

Twin Cities radio personality hosting camp to help families that have lost a loved one to suicide

Camp LIVIN is May 29-31 in Maple Lake, Minnesota.
Camp LIVIN group pic

It's been a little more than seven years since Twin Cities radio personality Paul "PT" Thomas lost his father to suicide. Since then, it's been Thomas' mission to spread awareness about suicide prevention. 

Thomas, a co-host of The Wolf Wake Up Crew on 102.9 FM, first launched the #LIVIN Foundation to embrace the way his father lived, and has since teamed up with Brighter Days Grief Center to host an annual camp dedicated to supporting Minnesota families that have lost a loved one to suicide. 

The second annual Camp LIVIN is a weekend retreat May 29-31 at True Friends Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minnesota – just a stone's throw west of the Twin Cities metro. 

The site features scenic lakeshore, wooded areas and fields adjacent to Cedar Lake, with the camp serving as an opportunity for families to disconnect from the chaos of everyday life and reconnect together. 

"When you're shocked by a suicide, it has the potential to send the family into a weird spot, maybe a tailspin. It can bring a family together, but it's a tough thing for people to go through," said Thomas. 

It's only $50 for a family of five to register. Click here for info on how to register

The #LIVIN Foundation, and subsequently Camp LIVIN, are the result of Thomas learning how to cope with his father's suicide. 

"The reality is, when I was faced with my own questions surrounding my father's death, I didn't have a lot of answers," he explained. "I found comfort and community in being open about the topic. I found that other people, given the opportunity to open up and tell their stories, find a sense in that they're not alone." 

Camp LIVIN is a chance for families to find community and support as they continue to cope with a loss. All the while, it's three days of swimming, fishing, nature hikes, group games, a high ropes course and more. Fun and therapeutic, really. 

Between 2000 and 2017, the suicide rate in Minnesota increased by approximately 50 percent, becoming the state's eighth-leading cause of death, according to the #LIVIN Foundation. 

"I wish like hell that our prospects for Camp LIVIN were not increasing on a way-too-rapid basis," said Thomas. 

His message to anyone contemplating suicide: "Someone cares about you. You just gotta trust us. Somebody cares about you." 

You can learn more about Camp LIVIN on Facebook right here

You can watch Thomas' appearance on WCCO-TV in the video below. 

Anyone who is in crisis can get in touch with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 24/7, by calling 1-800-273-8255, or chatting online here.

Next Up

Pro choice rally

Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old killed in crash on County Road 81 in Maple Grove

The crash occurred Thursday evening on County Road 81.

police tape

BCA issues new details about St. Michael standoff, shooting

New details say a St. Cloud police officer struck the suspect with gunfire.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

92-year-old driver killed in rural Scott County crash

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-24 at 7.29.06 AM

Big-time rain totals flood Highway 10 in central Minnesota

More rain and storms are expected Friday and Saturday morning.

image

Charges: Driver had just left local bar before deadly Shakopee crash

Witnesses said they were unable to help the 19-year-old Eden Prairie man who died in the crash after becoming trapped.

Chet Holmgren

Thunder selects Chet Holmgren 2nd overall in NBA Draft

The Minneapolis native becomes the highest-drafted Minnesotan in NBA history.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

One airlifted after crash on rural Scott County highway

The State Patrol shut down Highway 282 in both directions Thursday afternoon.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Police investigating after two men found dead in Maple Grove

Few details are known about the investigation.

12-web-or-mls-12 Dining room

Gallery: Charming, Northeast Minneapolis Home is perfect for first-time homebuyers

Located in the Holland neighborhood, it's near the Eastside Co-op, tons of amazing restaurants, breweries, and a distillery

US-169 BUS, Shakopee, Minnesota - June 2019 (1)

Eden Prairie 19-year-old killed in crash near Valleyfair is ID'd

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash, involving a 26-year-old driver from Hopkins.

Related

radio

2 Twin Cities morning show radio personalities laid off

Steve-O had been by Dave Ryan's side at KDWB for well over a decade.

Henry Lake returning to Twin Cities radio after KC stint

The former KFAN host is returning after five years in Kansas City.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Michael Bennett

Ex-Viking Michael Bennett opens up on trauma, depression, and suicide

The former Pro Bowler is speaking out about his traumatic upbringing and living with depression.

Fulton's new beer helps raise money for suicide prevention

Specter was created in memory of the brewery's team member, who lost his battle with depression last year.

Kelly Catlin

Family of Kelly Catlin think concussion may have contributed to suicide

The champion cyclist from the Twin Cities changed after suffering a head injury.

Zach Halverson

KFAN radio personality Zach Halverson says he is gay

Halverson explained why it was important for him to make the announcement.