A staggering £800,000 is spent by the NHS every day on anti-depressants.
Almost 16 million working days are lost every year and that's the true cost of stress and mental illness in today's modern Britain.
However, a GP from Medway has come up with a pioneering approach to help her patients.
It's a simple technique that could save millions of pounds on prescription drugs.
Dr Farnaaz Sharief says her approach is all about tackling the problem early on.
As Nashreen Issa reports.
Nashreen spoke to GP Farnaaz Sharief, Saffia Bunger and Amanda Eveson.
For more information on Dr Sharief's workshops, visit Manage Your Mind.