The Psychological Support Service (SAP)

A free Psychological Support Service for all University of Bologna students and young people between 20 and 28 years old covered by the Health Authority (AUSL) of Bologna.


Professor Silvana Grandi

Coronavirus emergency situation

Given the current emergency situation and the legal provisions in force in Italy, our office work remotely until further notice.
You can contact us by e-mail (see contacts). 


The Psychological Support Service (SAP) is one of the most well-established clinical initiatives offered by the Department of Psychology "Renzo Canestrari", in operation since 1985. In the past, SAP had an agreement with the local Municipal Entity for the Right to Education ("Azienda Comunale per il Diritto allo Studio") and the Municipality of Bologna. SAP currently receives financial support from the University of Bologna and has an agreement with the Health Authority (AUSL) of Bologna and Romagna. Staff members are professionals from the Department of Psychology "Renzo Canestrari".

The Service is free for all students of the University of Bologna and for young people between 20 and 28 years of age who are covered by the Health Authority (AUSL) of Bologna. University students/young people who suffer from emotional and relational problems, affective and behavioural disorders or troubles in their academic or working lives can apply to SAP.

  • University students attending courses in Bologna should apply to the Clinical Services Office (see the Contacts section at right).
  • University students attending courses in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini should apply to the respective information office (see the Romagna Contacts section at right).

In order to gain access to the Psychological Support Service, you will need to go to the relevant office with your student badge or health card (for young adults between 20 and 28 years old who are not students but are covered by the Health System - AUSL - of Bologna). There you will fill in a questionnaire and a privacy form about your personal details. You will then have a few conversations with a therapist to better understand the reasons for your psychological distress. If required, short-term, weekly counselling and treatment may be suggested (which may involve individual or group therapy).

SAP does not treat drug addicts or individuals who mainly require psychiatric assistance.

In case of emergency or urgency, students/young people can apply to the Mental Health Centre (Centro di Salute Mentale, C.S.M.) of the AUSL to which they belong.