It's really tough on famiies where a loved one is struggling with mental health difficulties. You are in the unenviable position of having to take a lot of responsiblity for caring for your son on a day to day basis, without having any say or involvement in how he is treated by health professionals. It sounds like you're really worried that your son may kill himself, or at least harm himself in a more serious way, and that a hospital admission may ensure this doesn't happen. It may be beneficial to talk about these concerns to your son's psychiatrist or psychologist - because of conficentiality they will not be able to talk to you about what is happening in treatment, but they will be able to hear about your concerns and use this information in the way they think will be most effective for your son.
It's also really important that you get some support for yourself - there are some excellent resources around that are speciallly for family and friends of people with mental health issues.
Depending on where you live - ARAFEMI (Association of Family and Friends of the Mentally Ill) has a range of support groups, information and counselling, They also run specific groups that support parents of a young person with mental illness. It's best you google ARAFEMI to find the one that is located in your area.
Carers Australia (and there is a Carer service for each state) offer counselling for family members of someone with mental health issues. Counselling is completely free - up to six sessions - and you are linked to an accredited counsellor close to where you live, who has expertise and understanding about the effects of caring and what may help. Their number is 1800 242 636, or you can go to the website for more information - http://www.carersaustralia.com.au
All the best.
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