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


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).

To access the PSS Service (Psychological Support Service), it is necessary to get in contact through the following email address:, ask for the questionnaire to fill out and the informed consent form that guarantees privacy in the processing of personal data. 
Completed documents should be returned to the same address to be placed on the Service's waiting list.

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.