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Alliances x PALS-Zone – Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Helping the Community prevent and recognise ill Mental Health.
  • Equipping the community with the skills needed to understand and deal with their wellbeing.
  • Educating the community on the importance of their Mental health and wellbeing.
  • Providing Digital Chapters to discuss mental health and wellbeing on a personal level but, also in the workplace with colleagues and peers.


The Alliances community members have roles that are stressful, often lonely and very time consuming. This puts members at a higher risk of having ill mental health and wellbeing.  Our partnership with PALS-Zone aims to combat this as much as we can through providing the necessary skills needed to look after and prevent the onset of ill mental health and wellbeing.

PALS-Zone works on the ethos of “Prevention over Cure“.  They aim to provide the Alliances community and the wider community the skills to recognise when one’s mental health or wellbeing is deteriorating and how best we can prevent our mental health getting worse.

PALS-Zone works to cut through the stigma of mental health and utilises proven techniques to help when we most need it, but also providing the skills needed to help friends, family and work colleagues as well as ones self.

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Annabel Palmer

Annabel Palmer

Founder - PALS-Zone
James Smith

James Smith

Director PALS-Zone, Regional Director UK & I Alliances

Alliances x PALS-Zone – Previous Chapters


Chapter 1 – 6th July 2023

Session Leader: Annabel Palmer, Founder – PALS-Zone

Session Theme Title: Motivation and Productivity

Session Overview and Synopsis:

Join PALS for an engaging and insightful Digital Chapter designed to help you unlock your motivation and maximize your productivity. In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, staying motivated and achieving peak productivity can be a challenge. This Digital Chapter we will delve into the science behind motivation and explore practical strategies to enhance productivity; with actionable tips to help you reach your goals within an outside of the workplace.

Session Outcomes and Takeaways:

1. Understanding the psychology of motivation: Learn about the different types of motivation, the factors that influence motivation levels, and how to utilise intrinsic and extrinsic motivation effectively.

2. Overcoming obstacles and maintaining focus: Discover techniques to overcome common challenges such as self-doubt. Explore methods to stay focused and energized throughout your tasks and projects.

3. Realistic goal setting: Learn how to set meaningful and achievable goals, break them down into actionable steps.

4. Establishing healthy habits and routines: Explore the power of habits and routines in sustaining motivation and productivity. Discover strategies to create positive habits whilst managing your energy levels.

5. Overcoming productivity pitfalls: Identify common productivity pitfalls and learn how to overcome them. Discover techniques to deal with stress, handle multitasking, and maintain life-work balance.

6. Cultivating a growth mindset: Understand the importance of a growth mindset in enhancing motivation and productivity. Learn how to embrace challenges, learn from failures, and develop resilience.

Chapter 2 – 1st August 2023

Session Leader: Annabel Palmer, Founder – PALS-Zone

Session Theme Title: Happiness Creations

Session Overview and Synopsis:

Are you ready to take control of your happiness and create a fulfilling life? Join PALS for an empowering Digital Chapter where we will explore the art of creating your own happiness. Happiness is not something that is solely dependent on external circumstances; it is a state of mind that can be cultivated from within. 

PALS endeavour to guide you through practical strategies and mindset shifts to unlock the power within you and create lasting happiness. We will delve into the science of happiness and provide actionable tips that you can implement in your daily life.

Session Outcomes and Takeaways:

1. Understanding the concept of happiness: Explore the different dimensions of happiness, the misconceptions surrounding it, and the factors that contribute to a sense of fulfilment and well-being.

2. Cultivating a positive mindset: Learn techniques to shift your mindset towards positivity, gratitude, and resilience. Discover how to reframe negative thoughts and practice self-compassion.

3. Finding purpose and meaning: Explore the importance of finding purpose and meaning in life and how it contributes to long-term happiness. Identify your values, passions, and strengths to align your actions with your deeper sense of purpose.

4. Nurturing relationships and connections: Understand the role of social connections in happiness and well-being.

5. Self-care and well-being practices: Discover the significance of self-care in creating happiness. Explore various self-care practices such as mindfulness, meditation, physical exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices that can positively impact your overall well-being.

6. Overcoming obstacles and embracing resilience: Explore strategies for overcoming challenges, setbacks, and adversity. Learn how to bounce back from failures, develop resilience, and maintain a positive outlook during difficult times.

Chapter 3 – 22nd August 2023

Session Leader: Annabel Palmer, Founder – PALS-Zone

Session Theme Title: Confidence Building

Session Overview and Synopsis:

Confidence is a vital ingredient for success and fulfilment in both work and personal life. In this Digital Chapter PALS will guide you through practical strategies and techniques to build confidence and achieve your goals with conviction. We will explore the mindset, skills, and behaviours that contribute to self-assurance and offer practical tips for overcoming self-doubt and stepping into your personal power.

Session Outcomes and Takeaways:

1. Understanding the nature of confidence: Explore the concept of confidence and its impact on various aspects of life. Gain insights into the difference between self-confidence and self-esteem.

2. Overcoming self-limiting beliefs: Identify and challenge self-limiting beliefs that hold you back from reaching your full potential. Develop techniques to reframe negative thoughts and develop a growth mindset.

3. Embracing your strengths and achievements: Discover how to recognise your strengths, talents, and past accomplishments to boost your confidence. Explore effective techniques for self-assessment and reflection.

4. Setting and achieving meaningful goals: Learn how goal setting can contribute to building confidence. Understand the importance of setting realistic and achievable goals, breaking them down into manageable steps, and celebrating small successes along the way.

5. Developing effective communication skills: Enhance your communication skills to build confidence in social and professional interactions.

6. Stepping out of your comfort zone: Overcome the fear of stepping out of your comfort zone and embrace new challenges. Learn strategies to expand your comfort zone gradually and develop resilience in the face of uncertainty.

7. Building a support network: Discover the value of surrounding yourself with positive and supportive individuals. Learn techniques to build a network of mentors, coaches, and like-minded individuals who can inspire and uplift you.

Chapter 4 – 21st September 2023

Session Leader: Annabel Palmer, Founder – PALS-Zone

Yanya Viskovish, Senior Manager Security Consulting (Human Factors)

Session Theme Title: Introduction to Mindfulness

Session Overview and Synopsis:

“Individual & Organisational Resilience: Burnout & Cybersecurity”
“An organisation’s cyber resilience relies heavily on the capabilities of its enterprise cybersecurity teams, which is in large part determined by the individual resilience of those team members. Given the alarming rates of burnout among cybersecurity professionals, burnout is a key issue for organisational cyber resilience. This session will explore these topics from a personal angle and focus on understanding root causes and what individual cyber leaders can do to mitigate burnout and burnout culture in their teams and workplaces.”
Overview of what will be covered: 
    • Yanya’s story 
    • What is Burnout
      • Definitions
      • Causes 
      • Assessing it 
    • Why burnout matters for cybersecurity
      • Because it sucks!
      • Impacts on professionals ++
      • Impacts on cyber risk 
      • Impacts on organisations
      • Impacts on societies 
    • Organisational factors that contribute to a burnout culture 
    • Some strategies for individuals & organisations to mitigate burnout & burnout culture (including… Mindfulness!) 

Session Outcomes and Takeaways:

Chapter 5 – 19th October 2023

Session Leaders: Annabel Palmer, Founder – PALS-Zone

Rob Hosking, Founder – Rise of Happiness

Session Theme Title: Conflict Resolution

Session Overview and Synopsis: Creating even more happiness

To follow on from our happiness creations chapter in August, PALS are delighted to be joined by Rob Hosking: Ex-police officer turned motivational speaker shares his journey to happiness. From trauma to triumph, Rob will share the lessons he’s learned in how we can create a happier more fulfilled life.

Throughout this chapter we will also delve deeper into exploring the essential elements of creating happiness and resilience in life. We live in a world filled with challenges and uncertainties, and it’s crucial to equip ourselves with the tools and mindset to not only navigate these obstacles but also thrive in the face of adversity.

Chapter highlights will include:

  1. Building Resilience
  2. Strategies for Maintaining Happiness
  3.  Strategies for Enhancing Resilience
  4. The Interplay of Happiness and Resilience   
  5. Our own stories & Inspirations 

Session Outcomes:

This chapter aims to inspire and equip participants with further knowledge and motivation needed to create happiness and resilience in their lives, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and meaningful existence.

Chapter 6 – December 7th

Session Leaders: Annabel Palmer, Founder – PALS-Zone

Session Theme Title: Navigating the maze of expectations

Session Overview and Synopsis:

As the festive period begins to jingle in, those jolly moods, and ‘festive spirits’ will be expected from us all.

In this chapter – Navigating the maze of expectations – we will delve into the complex world of emotions and feelings, exploring the role that expectations play in shaping our emotional experiences. Emotions are an integral part of the human experience, and our understanding of them is often influenced by cultural, social, and personal expectations. Conforming to societal, gender and historical norms through fear of judgement is a clear yet almost untouchable concept, that requires knowledge, rational and healthy management techniques to navigate.

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