Around seven in 10 people are said to feel ‘fed up’ on Sundays, with many regularly experiencing “Sunday scaries” as they start to dread the upcoming week.

The new research comes from a poll as part of a Government campaign, finding that 67% of people experience feelings of unease on a Sunday, rising to 74% for those aged 18 to 24, the poll of more than 4,000 people suggests.

One of the main factors that cause stress and anxiety is down to work worries, lack of sleep and looming to-do lists.

In light of the research, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) has launched Better Health, Every Mind Matters campaign urging people to do small things to make a big difference to their mental well-being.

Health Secretary Therese Coffey said: “My focus is on making sure people can get the care they need when they need it – and that includes for their mental wellbeing.

“The Every Mind Matters tool is a great way to build your mental resilience and help ward off the anxiety many of us feel on a Sunday.”

But the NHS trusts have said they are facing growing demand for mental health services and said there was a severe shortage of staff.

The Every Mind Matters website allows people to create a free “mind plan” with tips for anxiety, money worries and child mental health.

NHS concerned about the 'effect of rising inequality on people’s mental health'

NHS Providers’ interim chief executive Saffron Cordery said: “The launch of Every Mind Matters is timely as we continue to see more people seeking help from the NHS for their mental health.

“While a campaign supporting people’s personal wellbeing is welcome, trusts are concerned about the effect of rising inequality on people’s mental health.

“We must address deep-rooted and complex factors influencing poor mental health too.

“Mental health services are doing everything they can to expand and provide the best possible care with the staff and resources available in the face of growing demand.

Adding that “there are almost 1.8 million people on mental health waiting lists” with the services “overstretched”.

Whilst also facing “severe workforce shortages while people’s needs are becoming more serious and more complex, partly as a result of the pandemic.”

“Government support for and recognition of the importance of early intervention is also welcome.

“But we need to know that the cross-government mental health plan remains a priority for ministers – and will be backed up by the support and funding mental health services and their partners require to deliver the level of care that people with mental health problems need, when they need it.”

You can use the new campaign via the website.