Almost 30 girls, half of them members of North Tyneside’s youth council, took part in a discussion about stress to mark International Women’s Day.
A session on laughter yoga, led by Melissa Murphy, was also held.
Pressure to conform to the body images of celebrities and models depicted in the media was among the issues raised during the talk, along with problems at school and diets.
The event, held at North Tyneside Council’s headquarters at Silverlink in North Shields, was organised by female members of the youth council and North Tyneside Women’s Voices.
It was opened by Howdon ward councillor Maureen Madden, and borough mayor Norma Redfearn was also present.