A pensioner was arrested after saying he wanted to kill his wife and eldest son.
Robert Taylor was undergoing an acrimonious divorce at the time and also told nurses he was going to hang himself.
Taylor, 73, of Boston Avenue, Bispham, pleaded guilty to making threats to kill his wife and son.
He was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said two mental health nurses visited Taylor after he had threatened to harm himself on November 27.
Taylor said he wanted to kill his wife and eldest son.
The nurses said they would have to report the remark to police.
They removed a length of rope from Taylor’s home after he talked about hanging himself.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Taylor, who was going through a difficult divorce, had gone to his doctor and had explained how he was feeling at the time.
The next he knew, the two nurses had turned up at his home.
Mr Nelligan added: “I think it’s the nanny state - if a comment like that is made it has to be reported.
“He made the remarks, but never intended to carry out what he said.”