My family has always handled mental illness by, like I mentioned earlier, talking about it with each other and being open. Me and my brother take prescribed medication and see therapists, and we have also gotten help from other people/places in that general field. I don't know about the rest of the country but where I live there are actually a fair amount of options for getting help with mental illness and finding other similar people who deal with it. (We're also lucky enough that our insurance covers the majority of this stuff because otherwise there's no way we could afford all of it, we are NOT wealthy people at all).
Also I went to "alternative" schools for middle and high school, basically really small schools with teachers who were trained to deal with more therapeutic problems in addition to regular academics.
In all honesty, I think my brother is afraid to admit it because of the implications of what that means based on our experience with ME having it. When we were young I took up an enormous amount of our parent's attention, I was in and out of hospitals, I attacked people--basically I was ten times worse than he is right now, so the way I feel is probably nothing compared to how he felt as a kid.>>3248542
Hey relax man, I wasn't trying to make you feel bad, I just don't like the vibe I get from some people who think that all mentally ill people shouldn't be treated like, well, people.
I'm sorry if you're past was difficult, and there is no denying that there are a lot of people who are beyond the possibility of ever living a normal life because they are either too dangerous or just too detached from reality.