For those who experience chronic loneliness; that is, they have suffered from loneliness for years, despite changes to their lives, despite seeing therapists, and seeking other help, there is no easy cure for loneliness. There has been no advocacy group for the lonely regardless of age and location. There has been no effective treatments or interventions implemented on a broad-scale to help those who feel lonely. Ultimately the Institute hopes to reduce feelings of loneliness through the creation of effective loneliness intervention programs to help a broad cross-section of people who feel lonely.
The Web of Loneliness Institute accomplishes its mission through 4 goals:
- Raising public awareness of the issue of loneliness through publications, broadcasts, and other media outlets
- Creating and maintain collaborative relationships through sponsorship, coordination, and technical assistance with scientists conducting research into understanding the experience of loneliness
- Creating, implementing, and disseminating effective intervention programs to reduce loneliness within a variety of different populations
- Serving as a consulting/clearinghouse for resources targeted to organizations, agencies, and individuals that work with lonely populations